Gender Differences In Computer-Mediated Communication

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2. REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE It might be fairly uncontroversial today to claim that gender differences in language use pervade every aspect of the social world. However, it was not until quite recently that researchers investigating gender differences in language use have acknowledged that there might be some gender differences in Computer-Mediated Communication. Gender Differences in language use have been reviewed by both feminists and sociolinguists, while some researchers in the field of Computer and Online Communication have reviewed gender and online communication, leaving out the language aspect. Thus, this study reviews three major areas, which are theories of gender and language use, gender and language use, and gender and language…show more content…
Different scholars have actively explored how gender and language are manifested on the internet. Current researches on Computer-Mediated Communication, (henceforth, CMC) environments such as chat rooms, newsgroups, twitter, e-mail, and social networks have revealed interesting trends in the way different genders manipulate language. The sample research questions that have risen over the years include: In what ways do males and females communicate differently in CMC? How does gender influence communication, social relations and the communicative process? What are the impacts of an individual 's gender on group members ' use of anonymous, computer mediated collaborative technologies? With respect to gender and language in CMC, previous review papers have provided comprehensive syntheses and extensive summaries,(Herring 2000, Bamman, Eisenstein and Schnoebelen 2013, Herring 1993; Herring forthcoming; Li 2005, Yates, 2001; 2003).The works of Susan Herring characterises gender and language use on the internet (computer-mediated communication), for she has conducted a lot of researches on the way men and women use language differently on the…show more content…
She further states that there is an overall possibility for some of these behaviours to correlate more with female CMC users, and for others to correlate more with males. She added that this does not necessarily mean that each and every female and male manifests the behaviours; adding that exceptions can readily be found. She also emphasized that gender predicts certain online behaviours with greater than chance frequency when considered over aggregate populations of
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