Friday, 22 February 2008
Girl generated content
If you think that majority of teen geeks are guys, you're wrong.
Read what NYT says, click here for the full article:
Geek Chic: Not Just For Guys
Sorry, Boys, This is our domain
By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM
Published: February 21, 2008
The prototypical computer whiz of popular imagination - pasty, geeky, male -
has failed to live up to his reputation.
Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators
of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) are not misfits
resembling the Lone Gunmen of "The X Files." On the contrary, the
cyberpioneers of the moment are digitally effusive teenage girls.
"Most guys don't have patience for this kind of thing," said Nicole
Dominguez, 13, of Miramar, Fla., whose hobbies include designing free icons,
layouts and "glitters" (shimmering animations) for the Web and MySpace pages
of other teenagers. "It's really hard."
Nicole posts her graphics, as well as her own HTML and CSS computer coding
pointers (she is self-taught), on the pink and violet Sodevious.net, a
domain her mother bought for her in October.
"If you did a poll I think you'd find that boys rarely have sites," she
said. "It's mostly girls."
Indeed, a study published in December by the Pew Internet & American Life
Project found that among Web users ages 12 to 17, significantly more girls
than boys blog (35 percent of girls compared with 20 percent of boys) and
create or work on their own Web pages (32 percent of girls compared with 22
percent of boys).
Girls also eclipse boys when it comes to building or working on Web sites
for other people and creating profiles on social networking sites (70
percent of girls 15 to 17 have one, versus 57 percent of boys 15 to 17).
Video posting was the sole area in which boys outdid girls: boys are almost
twice as likely as girls to post video files.