Women Into Tech, But Not Into Tech Jargon

from the don't-talk-tech dept

While there have been some stories in the past suggesting that women are just as into gadgets as men, a new study in the UK suggests that even if that's true, they're not as on top of the gadget jargon as guys. Nearly all women in the study (96%) said they "lacked confidence" when a discussion turned technical, and most claimied they had no clue what words like kbps, ISP and googling meant. Only half of the women surveyed knew that 512kbps was approximately 10 times faster than dialup, while nearly 80% of the guys did. Of course, it wasn't so much lack of knowledge, but lack of concern. When asked about their broadband connection, women generally said: "It works, it's fast - that's all I need to know."


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    identicon
    dorpus, Sep 7th, 2004 @ 4:56am

    Funny thing

    I'm in a biostatistics program, a math-centered field. During orientation, I counted the new students in the program; 20 are women and 8 are men. If you talk to the average IT male about mathematics, they usually get bored quickly.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    Mattb, Sep 7th, 2004 @ 5:17am

    Re: Funny thing

    ZZZzzzzzzz..... hmm you were saying? ZZZzzzzzzz.....

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    identicon
    Matt, Sep 7th, 2004 @ 7:14am

    Re: Funny thing

    no...it was a Funny thing...the topic said so

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    identicon
    dorpus, Sep 7th, 2004 @ 11:55am

    Re: Funny thing

    That's right, men are into shallow things like sports cars, cologne, and the amount of RAM on their PC, while women are into more important things like math.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This