Whether you’re on Facebook for your own enjoyment or because your wife wants to tag you in pictures, it’s clear that men and women use social media differently. In order to figure out just how different, psychologists and computer scientists from Stony Brook, the University of Melbourne and the University of Pennsylvania analyzed 10 million Facebook postings from 1500 Facebook users ages 16 to 64, who also agreed to answer 20 to 100 questions about their personality traits. Surprisingly, they did not ask those 64 year olds who told them about Facebook, or the 16 year olds if they knew there were 64 year olds on Facebook.
Less surprising? The study found that women are more prone to using warmer and gentler language than men, while men are more likely to swear, express anger, and use argumentative language. Yes they are, bro!
The words most used by women include “wonderful,” “happy,” “birthday,” “daughter,” “baby,” “excited,” “thankful,” “love,” “sooooo,” and finally, “ridiculously” — basically any word your friends would make fun of you for using. Men. meanwhile, talk about money, work, and are partial to words tied to politics and sports like “freedom,” “liberty,” “win,” “lose,” “battle” and “enemy” (shockingly “’merica” didn’t make the cut). This probably explains why your wife has more friends than you.
Overall, researchers found that women are shifting towards using more assertive language, and Margaret L. Kern, a senior lecturer at the Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne in Australia and one of the study’s authors attributes this to social media. “On Facebook, people are friends. They’re not talking up or down to each other,” she explains. Since you’re already teaching your daughter to stand up for herself, maybe the idea of her joining Facebook one day isn’t the worst thing in the world. You, however, might need to chill out a bit.
[H/T] New York Times