Women and the Web: Female Internet Usage Facts

[ 0 ] July 28, 2010 |

Social Networking Sites Reach a Higher Percentage of Women than Men Worldwide

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How Women Are Shaping the Internet–Women over 45

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a global report on women’s online usage titled, Women on the Web: How Women are Shaping the Internet, which provides an in-depth analysis of the female Internet user, highlighting key trends by Internet activity, worldwide region and digital channel. Among its results, the report found that social networking sites reach a higher percentage of women than men globally, with 75.8 percent of all women online visiting a social networking site in May 2010 versus 69.7 percent of men. For indepth details refer to:  www.comscore.com/WomenOnTheWeb

Other Interesting Findings of the study:

  • Women Spend 30 Percent More Time on Social Networking Sites Than Men
  • Women account for 47.9 percent of total unique visitors to the social networking category, they consume 57 percent of pages and account for nearly 57 percent of total minutes spent on these sites.
  • Women spend significantly more time on social networking sites than men, with women averaging 5.5 hours per month compared to men’s 4 hours.
  • Social Networking’s reach among women is highest in Latin America where it reached 94.1 percent of females online, and in North America where it reached 91.0 percent of females. Europe saw 85.6 percent of its female online population visit a social networking site in May 2010, while in Asia Pacific, where parts of the region still face low broadband penetration and site restrictions, reported a 54.9-percent reach.
  • Although men are in the majority across the global Internet, women spend about 8 percent more time online, averaging 25 hours per month on the Web.
  • Globally, women spend 20 percent more time on Retail sites overall than men. Among the various retail sub-categories, Comparison Shopping and Apparel sites reached the highest percentage of women at 24.8 percent and 18.7 percent, respectively, in May 2010.  (Chief Blonde Remarks–Shocking?  I don’t think so!)
  • In the U.S., women are more avid online buyers than men, with 12.5 percent of female Internet users making an online purchase in February 2010, compared to 9.3 percent of men.
  • Health sites show some of the largest overall differences in reach between female and male, with a nearly 6-point gap between global women and men.
  • In most countries women spend far less time watching online video than men, but women spend a much higher share of their time watching videos on YouTube than men.
  • In both the U.S. and Europe, smartphone usage is dominated by men with both markets experiencing close to a 60/40 split in smartphoneadoption between the genders.

To download a copy of Women on the Web: How Women are Shaping the Internet, please visit:

www.comscore.com/WomenOnTheWeb

(Posted by Technical Editor W. Zurek)

Blog Note:  The Chief Blonde, a Woman over 45,  posted this because she thought her readers would enjoy knowing about this information.  No compensation was received.

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