New York Times has an article on the differences of online behavior between teenage girls and boys. The article is based on an earlier PEW research report Teens and Social Media that found that girls are more creative than boys online. Girls blog more, are more active on social networking sites, post more photos and create more websites of their own. The only area where boys are more creative is shooting and posting videos.
The NYT article highlights the different motives of teenage girls and boys have online:
“With young women it’s much more about expressing yourself to others in the way that wearing certain clothes to school does,”
THE one area where boys surpass girls in creating Web content is posting videos. This is not because girls are not proficient users of the technology [...] videos are often less about personal expression and more about impressing others. It’s an ideal way for members of a subculture — skateboarders, snowboarders — to demonstrate their athleticism.
What does this mean for the future of the Web? In the NYT article this is called the feminization of the web. But maybe this means that the web will be even more about social relationships and self-expression and less about technology. Maybe this also means that in a few years will have more Leah Culvers.