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Gender Differences in Motivations to Use Social Networking Sites

Gender Differences in Motivations to Use Social Networking Sites
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Author(s): Valeria Noguti (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), Sonika Singh (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and David S. Waller (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 16
Source title: Gender Economics: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7510-8.ch033


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This chapter investigates gender differences in motivations to use social networking sites (SNS), a subset of social media. The present research focuses on Facebook given its prominence among currently available SNS. Analysing a survey of university students in Australia, the results indicate that female consumers are more likely than male consumers to use Facebook to seek information (to research and learn new things and to discuss products and brands) and for convenience (to obtain things with little effort). Both of these reasons in turn relate positively to their degree of engagement on Facebook, where engagement is operationalized as cognitive absorption which is a state of deep involvement with an activity.

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