Share Paper: Virtual Gender Roles: Is Gender a Better Predictor of Internet Use than Sex?

  1. Amy Trombley, The University of North Texas, United States
Tuesday, March 8 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Tulip Grove E

Abstract: Researchers across disciplines seek to discover common themes, extraordinary patterns, causal relationships, and ultimately any evidence that will give insight into how the Internet is changing the world. While many researchers are searching for answers, their findings paint a conflicting picture. In one important study, scholars (Jackson, Kolenic III, Fitzgerald, Harold, & VonEye, 2008) found that there is no “gender” difference in overall use of the Internet, rather that men and women use the Internet equally but for different reasons. An underlying glitch in the study of Internet use is the fact that scholars use the terms sex and gender ...