Genders: Men & Women Social Networks

This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but according to the results of a study being conducted at Cornell University, men and women manage their social networks very differently. The findings are based on how both men and women players interact in an online game Pardus.

An interesting component of the study is that participants can neither see nor influence other participants networks, so the typical herding or social clustering that can be found in online social networks was eliminated from the equation.

Key takeaways:

  • Women are more likely to be friends and form relationships with other women
  • Men were quicker to respond to friendship requests from women faster than women responded to requests from men
  • Men seem to be quicker to reciprocate hostile actions than women
  • Women engaged in more economic than destructive behaviors

Via: Technology Review