The Internet Is Arguably Gender Neutral

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The Internet is arguably gender-neutral. Unlike in face to face communication, when given the freedom of neutrality, some are confrontational online, while others are more open, humorous and less judgmental. In my experience, I can speak my opinions easier online than in person. For instance, on Twitter, I could discuss the current political issues with my followers. The inherent ability that others can disagree with my thoughts or beliefs fosters reassurance and self-esteem. If my followers do not agree, they are free to unfollow as I do not know them in real life. In addition, disagreements online do not affect any of my current long term relationships, unlike when disagreeing with friends and family, which causes adverse outcomes.…show more content…
Women, on the other hand, conduct more “personal, less-technical activities online” and spend time on socialization, shopping for health products, and spend “3 hours less per week on the Internet” (Dubie). Therefore, females have a lower tendency to attract an addiction to the Internet and lower their susceptibility to the harmful effects of online interaction. The differences in motives translate to the fact that women maintain a different composure and standard for online communication than their male counterparts. For example, women tend to respect opinions opposite of their own and do not continue disagreements that turn verbally aggressive. In theory, the Internet provides gender-neutrality and anonymity. Research studies at the University of Amsterdam hypothesized that the “concealment of people’s identity would foster gender equalization.” However, that is not the case, and their findings indicated that “only when group members are depersonalized (anonymous and not individuated) does stereotype activities produce gender-stereotypic behavior” (Postmes). Anonymity online inherently does not equal gender-neutrality. In connection with the motive studies, women and men, when activated and stimulated, fit the stereotypical mold for expected online interactions and its adversities. Women often will stick to online communication and avoid offensive
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