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ERIC Number: ED410604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Gender Differences: An Examination of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Gregory, Mona Y.
Computer-mediated communication (CMC) is a pervasive means of communicating in work place, education, and home settings. Males currently occupy approximately 69% of all jobs in the computer industry and only 10% of upper-level positions are occupied by females. Stereotypical perceptions and gendered occupations contribute to the lack of females in computer-related fields. Because CMC is a faceless medium, many hoped that it would neutralize impressions of gender identity and provide women with an equal playing field. On-line discussion groups offer participants the opportunity to disguise their gender by using pseudonyms; however, because of gendered language and non-verbal styles, an individual's gender is often challenged if the language used contradicts the assumed norm."Flaming" and adversarial language often discourage female participation as well. Gender differences do exist in CMC, and males tend to assume the same roles they do when communicating face-to-face. Researchers believe male monopolization of CMC has, indeed, limited female involvement. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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