She’s Reddit: A source of statistically significant gendered interest information
AbstractInformation about gender differences in interests is necessary to disentangle the effects of discrimination and choice when gender inequalities occur, such as in employment. This article assesses gender differences in interests within the popular social news and entertainment site Reddit. A method to detect terms that are statistically significantly used more by males or females in 181 million comments in 100 subreddits shows that gender affects both the selection of subreddits and activities within most of them. The method avoids the hidden gender biases of topic modelling for this task. Although the method reveals statistically significant gender differences in interests for topics that are extensively discussed on Reddit, it cannot give definitive causes, and imitation and sharing within the site mean that additional checking is needed to verify the results. Nevertheless, with care, Reddit can serve as a useful source of insights into gender differences in interests.
CitationThelwall, M. and Stuart, E. (2018) 'She’s Reddit: A source of statistically significant gendered interest information', Information Processing & Management, 56(4), pp. 1543-1558
JournalInformation Processing & Management
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