Sunday, July 09, 2006

Pew Internet Life Study

In looking at all this information and the Internet, there was an interesting article in the July 7th, Chicago Tribune. Here is the link to the article by Steve Johnson. The Pew Internet Life Survey showed that "Gender differences non-existent when it comes to surfing skills."

This is a continual discussion at my house. My husband and I are both teachers and we both just started our first blog for classes we are taking this summer. My husband proudly announced in the car the other day that he was the first one from his class to establish a blog. However, he established a blog, but there are no posts as of yet. I tried to explain to him that it is not a blog unless there is something for people to read when they get to his site.
Both our kids (23 & 21) are established bloggers and laughed that mom and dad are finally joining this phenomenon. In fact, our daughter kept us informed about her experiences at Oxford University in 2003-04 by using a blog. We will see how this progresses.

2 Comments:

Blogger andystardust said...

[Laughing] I'm definitely with you on this one. If a blog exists on the web and there is nothing in it to read, does it actually exist?

8:22 AM  
Blogger Lizzy519 said...

Thank you for posting this article Betty! This is an interesting article that merely confirms what many people have already guessed: our attitudes about our abilities can drastically impact our career paths and the things that we do for fun.
This reminds me of a discussion I had with Sharon Comstock in Children's Literature. Some collegues (and possibly her as well, I don't remember off the top of my head)did an extensive study of kids to determine what their attitudes on librarians were. A staggering amount-upwards of 60% or more, said that they felt that their librarians were outdated. The gist seemed to be that they felt their librarians were more or less incompetent, especially with digital and web formats.
Most librarians are women. The coorelation seems pretty obvious to me. Hopefully this disparity will correct itself as both men and women become more and more comfortable with these formats.

8:28 AM  

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