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February 23rd, 2008
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A little good news for your weekend
It turns out that, among the teenage generation of Internet users, almost twice as many girls as boys author a blog or have a Web page.

This is one of the most heartening pieces of news I've seen on the tech front in years. I doubt that the gender expectation gap will fully disappear within my lifetime, but as online demographics change, attitudes will have no choice but to follow. It's already long past time for the "girls can't be tech-smart" attitude to die.

Also, in other news, cats protect you from heart disease.* 'Strue. They did a study.

I see the future, and it is full of women. And cats.

* Technically, not quite true -- being a cat owner is correlated with a 30-40% lower probability of death by cardiovascular disease. Correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation. Although I'm at a loss to figure what else could be a mutual factor here.**
** Well, okay: the amount of exercise required to ( pull claw-deployed cats off of furniture | save carpets from cat barf | chase down cats who don't want to go to the vet | stop them from going to bed on your face | bring them back indoors when they escape into the rain ) might possibly be it.

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Date:February 24th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)

Master of the Obvious says: folk knowledge says that lower stress is also correlated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and people sometimes feel calmer when they have pets around!

Those two items individually are neato, but when you say that the future is full of women and cats it makes me imagine the Crazy Cat Lady stereotype, which is decidedly less nice. o.o

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Date:February 24th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
I was kind of thinking less Cat Lady and more ... well, you know.

I blame a lifelong diet of anime and video games.
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Date:February 24th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
The data from the first article is quite heartening, but, as my friend rm points out, the article itself is offensive and annoyingly sexist.
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Date:February 24th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
To be honest, I didn't actually read the article except to skim it for the statistics (I originally found a link to it from deep inside Reddit). So thanks for the counterlink to rm there -- it's a good supplementary take.
Date:March 1st, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
At the very least, they had the sense to say that girls are trained to be a certain way, and boys as well. That's a slight improvement over the typical "cause boys are THIS was and girls are THIS way, it's just how it is!" nonsense.
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Date:February 24th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
I would correlate it with toxoplasmosis infection.

'Cause toxoplasmosis makes people like cats more, which makes them own cats more, and also makes people more laid-back and mellow.
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Date:February 24th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
sorry, I'm infested with both. :P
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Date:February 25th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Guys like toys and fighting. Girls like babies and chatting. I'm not sure whether that's the product of socializing or some sort of biological thing, but you can tell that girls and women do a lot more talking than guys do, and guys certainly do a lot more tinkering with stuff and hitting things.
Date:March 1st, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
My little niece played with nothing but bugs and dinosaurs. So much for babies and chatting!
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