Pew Internet & American Life Project study (Dec) found that among Web users ages 12 to 17:
- 35% of girls v. 20% of boys blog
- 32% of girls v. 22% of boys create or work on their own Web pages
- 70% of girls (15-17 years) v. 57% of boys build or work on Web sites for other people and create profiles on social networking sites.
Primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) and cyberpioneers of the moment are digitally effusive teenage girls.
Prof. Pat Gill, interim director for the Institute for Communications Research and an associate professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois: Girls are trained to make stories about themselves. From a young age, girls learn that they are objects, so they learn how to describe themselves. Historically, girls and women have been expected to be social, communal and skilled in decorative arts.