Communicative style and gender differences in computer-mediated communications

TitleCommunicative style and gender differences in computer-mediated communications
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsCrowston, K., & Kammerer E.
EditorEbo, B.
Book TitleCyberghetto or Cybertopia: Race, Class and Gender on the Internet
Pagination185–204
PublisherPraeger
ISBN Number9780275959937
KeywordsComputer-Mediated Communication
Abstract

This chapter reports on an experiment that explored how gender interacts with communicative style to affect decisions to participate in computer-mediated communications (e.g., Usenet newsgroups). Although some field studies indicate that style has a differential effect on men and women, the data fails to confirm this hypothesis. However, significant differences were found in interest in topics, as well as effects of style across all subjects, which have implications for the design of future studies on this topic.

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