Women Better Manage Their Online Privacy and Reputation Than Men, Study Finds

by Knowlton Thomas | Research

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Toronto-based telecommunications giant Rogers declared that "women are better communicators in the digital realm." Now, the Pew Research Center has released the findings of its latest research—and it says that not only are women better at managing their online privacy, they also make fewer regrettable errors on social networks.

The study finds that about two-thirds of women keep their online accounts on strict privacy settings, compared with less than half of men. And fully public accounts are roughly twice as likely to be owned by a male versus a female, Pew found.

Furthermore, Pew says that men are approximately twice as likely to post something on a social media website that they regret. 15% of men make this error, compared with just 8% of women.

The research also inadvertently revealed the rise and fall of social network popularity. Only 23% of those surveyed maintained a MySpace account, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Meanwhile, the number of Twitter user respondents has doubled since then.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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