Women learn while men talk?: revisiting gender differences in political engagement in online environments

Authors: Lilleker, D., Koc-Michalska, K. and Bimber, B.

Journal: Information Communication and Society

Volume: 24

Issue: 14

Pages: 2037-2053

eISSN: 1468-4462

ISSN: 1369-118X

DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1961005

Abstract:

There is an inconclusive debate on whether male and female users of social media platforms engage with political content differently. While some highlight minimal differences, others evidence an engagement gap where male are more visible within online environments. Drawing on data from a representative survey of citizens in France, the UK and USA, we explore the engagement gap in more granular detail. Our data show minimal gender differences for most forms of online political engagement, but there remain some indications of a gendered divide. While the feeling of external efficacy is crucial to engage online regardless gender, women appear to need a sense of higher levels of competence in order to engage with online political content, especially for sharing and commenting. The study confirms interest in politics, extreme political ideological views and large social media network as prompt for more eager political engagement, but we do not find any substantial gender differentiation. Our findings suggest some minimal country differences on women engagement in commenting. Overall, our data indicate that while women may be as likely as men to participate in online political expression, through sharing and commenting, and may have an equal overall share of voice, the voices of many women are at least more muted in open public political discussions environment.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35923/

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Women learn while men talk?: revisiting gender differences in political engagement in online environments

Authors: Lilleker, D., Koc-Michalska, K. and Bimber, B.

Journal: INFORMATION COMMUNICATION & SOCIETY

Volume: 24

Issue: 14

Pages: 2037-2053

eISSN: 1468-4462

ISSN: 1369-118X

DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1961005

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35923/

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Women learn while men talk?: revisiting gender differences in political engagement in online environments

Authors: Lilleker, D., Koc-Michalska, K. and Bimber, B.

Journal: INFORMATION COMMUNICATION & SOCIETY

eISSN: 1468-4462

ISSN: 1369-118X

DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1961005

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35923/

Source: Manual