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No 495:
Gender and the Internet

Hiroshi Ono () and Madeline Zavodny ()

Abstract: OBJECTIVE: This article examines whether there are differences in menfs and womenfs 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 to 2001 to show trends in Internet usage and to estimate regression models of Internet usage that control for individualsf 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.

Keywords: Internet; gender; race; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J15; J16; L86; O33; (follow links to similar papers)

17 pages, March 15, 2002, Revised August 19, 2002

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Ono, Hiroshi and Madeline Zavodny, (2003), 'Gender and the Internet', Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 84, March, No. 1, pages 111-121



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