/ISU study shows vast difference in social media use between boys & girls

ISU study shows vast difference in social media use between boys & girls

ISU study shows vast difference in social media use between boys & girls

2019-06-12T08:18:00-05:00 June 12, 2019|

KCCI featured Ivy College of Business Associate Professor of Information Systems Rui (Ray) Chen and his research on social media use and teens.

 

Experts say parents should be worried about how their boys are using social media.

Iowa State University conducted a study on how “digital natives” deal with conflicts.

Comparing boys and girls, researchers wanted to know: Do children who have only known a world with social media fall back on it when they feel lonely?

The findings were surprisingly encouraging for girls.

It contradicted what they previously believed.

“Because they grew up with smart phones and technology, they use the internet from a young age, people tend to believe they fall back to technology all the time. But now we have reason to believe that they don’t,” said ISU Associate Professor Ray Chen. “We do for example have girls, they’re able to resist the temptation falling back on technology.”

Research found girls are able to get offline to fix a problem, whereas boys use it as a crutch and escape.

The study focused in on Facebook in particular, however, the researchers say they believe it transcends social platforms.

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