Observationof Gender Role in Social Media (Facebook)
Genderrole refers to the place a person hold in a society, family, orrelationship due to his or her being a male or female. In the pastyears, social network websites like Facebook and Twitter haveincreasingly been embraced as a form of communication thatstrengthens offline relationships that exist between variousindividuals (Palmer 1). Many of these individuals get satisfaction oftheir trust and empathy through these social networks. Facebook isone of the social media that host a significant amount ofinterpersonal interactions among different genders. Many people useFacebook to share information, for marketing, and for personal orbusiness communication (Palmer 2). It further lays a platform for theobservation and analyzing of interpersonal communication patterns.Several communication conventions exist on Facebook and they includereplies, share, and comments that help users to frame their messageswith respect to their different social connections. According toPalmer (4), replies help individuals to converse in a direct manner.
Gendersof various interacting users play a key role in determining the typeof language used on Facebook. Indeed, a person gender role onFacebook and other social sites indicate the societies that differentusers represent. Females are more interested in others status updatethan men do. Men use considerably more gender-marked language thanwomen. Most women prefer inclusive connotation to gender-markedlanguage. Palmer (5) findings indicate that women use first personsingular (FPS) significantly often as compared to men. Ways throughwhich different genders use pronouns reveal how men and women act andfeel about various identities that they construct online as well asdifferent relationships that they retain in similar online platforms.Additionally, women make use of adverb more often as compared to menon Facebook. Use of adverbs plays a key role in coloring theexpressions of a person in order to influence his or her audience’sperceptions of particular messages. Likewise, boys use emotions moreoften than girls do on Facebook. How often men and women use emotionson Facebook play a key role in helping the audience understand thecircumstances that make women and men at ease to include non-verbalsigns in their public communication. Additionally, use of emotions onFacebook by various genders help in uncovering how women and menenrich various meanings in their interactions. This is becauseemotions portray traces of people sentiment and mood in a casual way.Moreover, language used by different genders play a significant rolein determining who a person is talking with or to on Facebook.
Accordingto Palmer (6), 62.8 percent of women are more likely to like and postcomments on their profile as compared to only 55.6 percent of men whoindulge in a similar activity. This shows that women have a higherlikelihood or tendency of engaging into personal communication thanmen do. Likewise, men have a lesser likelihood of sharing pictures ascompared to women. Women post affectionate content that includepictures of friends hanging out and partying or of family gatherings.On the other hand, men share photos that reflect landscapes andhobbies. Additionally, most men have a high likelihood of postinglinks or videos that are oriented towards sports, politics,entertainment, and pop culture as compared to women who have atendency of uploading still images. Similarly, about 33 percent ofwomen have a high likelihood of using third-part applications ascompared with 30.2 percent of men that use such applications (Palmer8).
Again,men and women have a different way of managing personal data indifferent ways. Men are more likely to share their religious views ascompared to women even though both of them are likely to share theirrelationship status updates. Most women tend to get more personalwhen searching for information and advice on Facebook as compared tomen. This is attributed to the fact that women tendency of wanting toknow and learn about real people experiencing similar conflicts. Onthe other hand, men tend to be social climbers and researchers onFacebook. Men also use Facebook to gather information as well asboost and strength their influence. Again, most men use Facebook tobroadcast their skills and ideas as compared to women who use it toshare the ups and downs that they face on a daily basis. Women have ahigher likelihood of sharing pictures and posts on Facebook than menbut eight out of ten women often feel annoyed with their Facebookfriends. Again, most women are more protective of how theycommunicate their reputations on Facebook as result, they tend tolimit their personal information more than men. In fact, women aremore likely to limit what strangers can see online. Also, there aremore women on Facebook as compared to men women use Facebook andother social networks to keep in touch with their friends,co-workers, and family. However, men are better at buildingrelationships and networking on this social media site. Indeed, aperson gender plays an enormous role in determining their behaviorand the role the play on various social media networks, likeFacebook.
Palmer,Jimmy. TheRole of Gender on Social Network Websites. Sociology.1. (2012): 1-13.