1 in 4 US teenage girls between 15-17 keep their own blogs

About a quarter of girls, ages 15 to 17, keep their own blogs, compared with only 15 per cent of boys in that same age group according to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Overall, one in five U.S. teens has a blog and nearly three in five school-age teens with Internet access have created some type of on-line content, including Web pages with artwork, photos and stories. Comparatively, only 7% of adults keep their own blogs.

The findings, which have a margin of error of 3 percentage points, are based on a random telephone survey of about 1,100 young people and their parents, conducted Oct. 16 to Nov. 28, 2004. Since this survey is based on results from nearly a year ago, one wonders if the numbers would be even higher today as blogs seem to continue to gain in popularity.

News source: The Globe and Mail

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I think this has to do with society and the image kids are expected to keep up. For girls, it's a means of gaining attention. Guys, on the other hand, are taught to shy away from expressing themselves in a personal way as a means of remaning manly and macho.

The natural differences between men and women do not predicate the expectations of men to be AS emotionally closed as mainstream society would make them seem. Ask any high school kid and a vast majority would consider emoting one's feelings as being "gay" or some term of the like. Girls, on the other hand, get a lot of attention online, especially once they post a picture. Combine a natural tendency for increased social conflicts, and their blogs become a focal point of communication to friends and enemies a like.