Gender and the Internet
OBJECTIVE: This article examines whether there are differences in men fs and women fs use of the Internet and whether any such gender gaps have changed in recent years. METHODS: We use data from several surveys during the period 1997 to 2001 to show trends in Internet usage and to estimate regression models of Internet usage that control for individuals f socioeconomic characteristics. RESULTS: Women were significantly less likely than men to use the Internet at all in the mid-1990s, but this gender gap in being online disappeared by 2000. However, once online, women remain less frequent and less intense users of the Internet. CONCLUSIONS: There is little reason for concern about sex inequalities in Internet access and usage now, but gender differences in frequency and intensity of Internet usage remain.
|Date of creation:||15 Mar 2002|
|Date of revision:||19 Aug 2002|
|Publication status:||Published in Social Science Quarterly, 2003, pages 111-121.|
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