Girls and boys all like their toys
The so-called technology gender gap has slammed shut in the US: university students, whether male or female, report near identical take-up of technology, according to the latest 360 Youth College Explorer Study.
A survey of over 4,000 students found that men and women spend similar amounts of time playing computer games online, are equally likely to own a handheld game system and to send text messages on their phones.
Net use is pervasive: 95 percent of students are online, and 65 percent connects via broadband. This may explain why students are four times more likely to download music on the Net than Joe Public is. Even so, the actual numbers are still minimal. Just eight percent of men and 5 percent of women claim to be regular downloaders. The RIAA must be pleased.
The survey did flag a few gender differences: men are still far more likely to own a games console, with 15 percent playing daily, compared to two percent of women. MP3 players are also more popular among the guys: twice as many men as women like their portable music in its stable state.