Dr Ruth Page, of the Department of English, University of Leicester, has completed an extensive study of the use of social media
She found that there is a consistent difference in how women and men express themselves in social media sites, ... with women tending to disclose more about emotional topics and write about these in a more expressive way, for example with more emoticons, kisses and unconventional typography...
Has this been true here, in our social medium, with Atheist women and men?
I have a particular interest in visually rich communication such as emoticons and unconventional typography (such as the fonts in my welcome gifs), so I'm biased.
What do you think?
Well, I can't speak for anyone else, but I do use emoticons a lot, and exclamation points, and CAPITALIZED words to show syntactical stress. I AM (see?) concerned that people understand and interpret my comments as I mean them, because in writing, you can't see the person's facial expression or hear their tone of voice, so I do whatever I can to communicate those.
Well, I haven't exactly been paying attention to that on this site. I would guess that women would tend to be more expressive -- but I don't know for sure. The study you have posted here found a consistent difference in expressive language between women and men.
i dunno i tend to just use words, no caps no emticons, to me,what i say is important, not how i say it. it lloks like the good dr is right. its certainly true that in phone texting girls use a lot of emo stuff in japan. im soo lazy i hate to put quotes around book names.
I think the article is pretty accurate. I only want to hear a point of view and put my point of view across and go from there. When you asked me to put insert a photo on my profile, I found it quiet personal and I was at a total loss about what I should upload. It took me months to decide, because you wanted the photo to be some kind of representation of myself. But I guess it is much easier for girls to make a decision about that kind of thing, not that I would know.
I've never used an emoticon or any graphic stuff, and I never will. I might be different because I am a dyke.
I think it has more to do with what part of internet subculture you hang around in. I've known some men who use a lot of emoticons and unconventional typography, and some women who don't particularly like them. A lot of popular typographical memes were first coined by men and then spread out to wider use. 1337, for example, used to be a mostly male geek thing, then it became a gender neutral geek thing. Now it's just an internet thing. The word "pwn", also, originated from a typo when a guy was trying to say he "owned" another person in a video game. It has since spread out from the gaming community and become just another internet thing.
I beg to differ. Perhaps one person's expressiveness is another's over-effusiveness.
there was one group trhat created an emoticon for me, a old guy with a cane, and there i still use that there all the time. but it has no meaning.
I have given this some further thought and concluded that it certainly has validity.
Precisely, yet emotively so.