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Is the Internet for Girls?

Hi everyone--and thanks, I'm LOVING your political posts so far. Please, keep them coming. I'm after every perspective--even you conservative Republicans if you're among us?

And another personal-political obsession that's keeping me up at night, eager to hear your thoughts on it, because you're much closer to the subject (and to teenage boys) than I am: Do you think the Internet advantages girls? I keep reading about all this boys are falling behind in school, the colleges are getting overwhelmed by female applicants far more qualified than male ones--nearly a new kind of affirmative action--including the New York Times a couple of days ago, about tutors to help the boys get organized, catch up to their girl peers.

Here's what I'm wondering: Do you think the Internet, namely the habits and skills that blogs and social networks call for--writing, being a good communicator and friend, organized, presenting oneself in an appealing way, attention to detail--is a part of what's elevating you girls and leaving the boys in your wake?

Is the Internet for Girls? I'm serious. Think there's anything to it?

It's very possible, by the way, I'm just getting old. Tomorrow's my birthday, Jan 4. Hey, Sam, don't you have a birthday right around here, too?




jocelynp said:

I'm not sure. Something to think about, definitely. I read that NYT article, though, and boys may be disorganised (I live with one of the most disorganised people on the planet, my fourteen-year-old brother), but I'm just as bad. So I dunno about it being a boy thing.

Happy birthday!

January 3, 2008 9:47 PM

zulayr said:

hm. i'll think about this and blog about it. i agree with jocelyn- i don't know if it's entirely a boy thing, but there's a lot of factors that play into it that would make the internet seem less of one.

and i also second the "happy birthday"! :)

January 4, 2008 10:27 AM

jordynt said:

Hm. I actually have a lot of thoughts on boys falling behind in school, but I don't necessarily think the internet is "geared" towards girls. It's geared towards (sp) those who can put their thoughts in logical order and have attention to detail, but sometimes guys are way better at this than girls. Not sure if anyone will agree with me on that, but whatever.

I don't know. I've never thought of it before.

I think SCHOOL is geared for girls, especially in the younger years, but I'm not sure about the internet.

January 4, 2008 12:59 PM

jasmines said:

Happy late birthday!  Mine's on the 13th.  I would comment about the rest of the blog, but I think I have too much to say and will just have to write a blog myself.  :)

January 5, 2008 5:43 PM