Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Study: College Men, Women Share Similar Habits in Technology Use, Ownership

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Study: College Men, Women Share Similar Habits in Technology Use, Ownership

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.

In contrast to the perspective that women lag behind men in adopting computer technology, a national survey has revealed that college women share more similarities with college men over information technology ownership and use than ever. The annual 360 Youth College Explorer study that polled college men and women on technology use yielded results which challenge widely held presumptions that young women are slow to adopt technology.

According to the study, women are bridging the gap in:

* Computers and Television--91 percent of college students have computers and 84 percent have televisions (equal between men and women).

* Gaming--College women spend almost as much time playing online computer games as men. College women spend 2.7 hours a week playing computer games online vs. men who spend 2.9 hours a week. College men and women are almost equally likely to own a portable video game system (27 percent vs. 22 percent).

* Downloading--College men and women are four times as likely to download music (59 percent) as the general online population (14 percent). Eight percent of college men online download music daily versus 5 percent of women. …

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