Gender and Communication Styles on the World Wide Web

Sutcliffe, Tami Gender and Communication Styles on the World Wide Web., 1998 MLS thesis thesis, Texas Woman's University (US). [Thesis]


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Certain human communication traits have historically been identified as gender-specific. The purpose of this paper is to collect and compare the most widely-indexed, gender-specific World Wide Web sites from five given interest areas, and to then determine which, if any, traditionally gender-based communication patterns were present within these sites. Using qualitative and quantitative analysis, this study found that in many cases: * Female-oriented sites in this study emphasized communality * stressed sharing personal experience * resisted authoritative language * encouraged emotional interaction # Male-oriented sites in this study relied on authoritative language # emphasized privacy # stressed professionalism # minimized personal interaction . Although these sites represent only a miniscule "snap shot" of communication on the Web, they seemed to suggest that the core of traditionally identified gender-specific communication traits is being actively transplanted into Cyberspace.

Item type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: gender
Subjects: L. Information technology and library technology > LC. Internet, including WWW.
Depositing user: Tami Sutcliffe
Date deposited: 23 Apr 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:03


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