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More Gender-Difference Blogging

The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog has an interview with a sociologist who studied college students’ Internet abilities. She lists “women” in “demographic groups [that] are less Web-savvy.” She tested Web-savviness through things like “understanding of such terms as BCC (blind copy on e-mail), podcasting, and phishing.”

That surprises me. I’d expect men to be better at computers in general, but the Web is more about communication, where women tend to excel. Maybe men just pick up on the more technological/abstract-conceptual things, like BCC? It would help to see the exact test given.

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