Report: The Internet is for girls, too

A new report shows that while men continue to pounce more quickly and dive more deeply into new Internet technologies, women are starting to catch up in overall 'Net use.

"How Women and Men Use the Internet" is from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. It is based on a number of surveys taken throughout the year via the phone with a total of 6,400 or so people in the U.S. and shows how men's and women's use of the Internet has changed over time. Some highlights:

-- 68 percent of men are Internet users vs. 66 percent of women, though because women outnumber men in the U.S. population, there are actually more women online than men.

-- Older women lag far behind older men in Internet usage, though women under 30 use the 'Net more than their male peers.

-- Men are more likely to use broadband.

-- Women use e-mail in a more "robust" way, such as to write to family and friends on a variety of topics.

-- Men outpace women in conducting online transactions.

-- Men use the 'Net more for recreation than do women.

"If there is an overall pattern of differences here, it is that men value the Internet for the breadth of experiences it offers, and women value it for the human connections," said Deborah Fallows, the report's author and senior research fellow at the Pew Internet Project, in a statement.

The project stems from the Pew Research Center, which describes itself as a "nonpartison fact tank."

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