Men are better at using social media for networking than women are

The gender stereotype is that women are the social butterflies and that men hole up in their caves and act in an anti-social manner. Based on that, you would expect women would be better at using social networking to expand their career opportunities. A study by LinkedIn shows the opposite results. According to the study, men are the dominant force in the overall networking category, although it was a surprise to see women dominating some fields such as the ranching and tobacco industries.

The results indicate that while women may be more active on casual social networking sites like Facebook, men are harnessing the technology to advance their careers. To them, sites like LinkedIn are another tool in their arsenal and not simply a way to stay connected with their friends.

Even more interesting is the data mining that is possible on social networking sites, in some cases extrapolating data that hasn’t even been provided by the end user. Although LinkedIn does not ask for your gender, they can “guess a person’s gender using their first name and some previously established techniques using a database of baby names.” As we provide more and more data to companies, we improve research in various areas but lose the anonymity. We’ve seen mergers in almost every field, so what happens when a company such as Facebook acquires the data housed in LinkedIn?

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Of course men are "better". Social activities are a tool for surviving by either securing food, shelter or reproduction. For reproduction purposes, men are active and women are passive.

It sort of makes sense. Men are better at short, quick communication, they had to be when they were hunting prey in a group.

Women are were the tenders, the gatherers, the... well everything else.

Morisato said,

When it comes to sex though, mmm no. Most are minutemen :3

That's why they have the three popular drugs (other reasons than, well you know) that are always on TV and then of course, there is Cabergoline... Not that I would know anything about that.

Honestly though, articles like this are just not helpful (and pretty pointless). Do people honestly care if something thinks he or she is the better gender? Even debating it shows a lack of confidence in yourself and your own gender identity. As for the study/research... it merely proves that men use social networking on average (according to their research) in more aggressive means.

Edited by azure.sapphire, Jun 24 2011, 10:31pm :

I never thought of LinkedIn as a tool for finding jobs. Is it for your average Joe or is it mainly corporate individuals that make good use of it..

emzino said,
I never thought of LinkedIn as a tool for finding jobs. Is it for your average Joe or is it mainly corporate individuals that make good use of it..

Depends on the field. If you're looking for a job in design and have your resume/link to your portfolio on there, it can get you far given you develop your network and references. If you're looking for a job in science? Not as much.

splur said,

Depends on the field. If you're looking for a job in design and have your resume/link to your portfolio on there, it can get you far given you develop your network and references. If you're looking for a job in science? Not as much.

It's a huge tool for IT professionals as well.