Gender and the Internet*
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2009
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 84, Issue 1, pages 111–121, March 2003
How to Cite
Ono, H. and Zavodny, M. (2003), Gender and the Internet. Social Science Quarterly, 84: 111–121. doi: 10.1111/1540-6237.t01-1-8401007
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2009
Objective. This article examines whether there are differences in men's and women's use of the Internet and whether any such gender gaps have changed in recent years.
Methods. We use data from several surveys during the period 1997–2001 to show trends in Internet usage and to estimate regression models of Internet usage that control for individuals’ socioeconomic characteristics.
Results. Women were significantly less likely than men to use the Internet at all in the mid-1990s, but this gender gap in being online disappeared by 2000. However, once online, women remain less frequent and less intense users of the Internet.
Conclusions. There is little reason for concern about sex inequalities in Internet access and usage now, but gender differences in frequency and intensity of Internet usage remain.