I came across some interesting statistics today that made me think.
A survey says men have more friends online than women do. Why?
From September 2009, from Performics Survey, when asking the question, "How many friends do you have online? (from social networking sites, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Youtube, etc.)
Now why is this? I actually was surprised because with women being the chatty type, better vocabulary and saying more words to describe something I thought they would have the higher number. Here's some of my guesses:
- Men are naturally more nerdy and spend more time on the computer
- Men are all about competition, and it is not quality but quantity that counts
- Men are actually seeking lots of friends that are "women." The hunter mentality.
- Women actually have a little more of a life than men, taking care of children, etc. thus less time on the computer. But they are not far behind
- Early on professional networks that turned into social networks had more men in them initally to add to the friends list
- Women would rather cultivate a closer group of "meaningful" relationships than just throw the net out there and drag in any old tin can or boot in the fishnet
- Men have just been at this computer geek social network longer so naturally they have more contacts
- There is no rhyme or reason as to why this is, other than the trajectory may be just like in the jobs market with women overtaking the number of mens jobs. Women may exceed mens' friends numbers eventually, this is where we just are right now.