Net perception and women

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Women underestimate their online skills more often than men do, even though they’re just as competent according to a new study. The study’s author believes the perception could contribute to women avoiding careers they’re otherwise qualified to do. Northwestern University researcher Eszter Hargittai and Steven Shafer measured a people’s abilities to find information out on the web. They found, by and large, women could find the information as well as men could. Then they also found women don’t think of themselves as particularly skilled at it. Their results are published in the June issue of Social Science Quarterly.

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