Technologies, including communications technologies, have a long history of shaping and being shaped by the gender of their users.
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Finally, the histories of some SNSs themselves have ties with gender.
For example, gay men were one of the earliest groups to join and use the early SNS Friendster.
Similarly, in a study of blogs maintained in My Space, women were found to be more likely to not only write blogs but also write about family, romantic relationships, friendships, and health in those blogs.
A study of Swedish SNS users found that women were more likely to have expressions of friendship, specifically in the areas of (a) publishing photos of their friends, (b) specifically naming their best friends, and (c) writing poems to and about their friends.
Thus the idea that there may be both real and perceived differences in how men and women use SNSs – and that those uses may shape the SNSs – is neither new nor surprising and has historical analogues.
There is historical and contemporary evidence that current fears about young girls' online safety have historical antecedents such as telegraphs and telephones.
Men and women use social network services (SNSs) differently and with different frequencies.
In general, several researchers have found that women tend to use SNSs more than men and for different and more social purposes.
Hargittai's groundbreaking 2007 study examining race, gender, and other differences between undergraduate college student users of SNSs found that women were not only more likely to have used SNSes than men but that they were also more likely to have used many different services, including Facebook, My Space, and Friendster; these differences persisted in several models and analyses.
Although she only surveyed students at one institution – the University of Illinois at Chicago – Hargittai selected that institution intentionally as "an ideal location for studies of how different kinds of people use online sites and services." In contrast, data collected by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that men were more likely to have multiple SNS profiles.
Studies have also been conducted on the differences between females and males with regards to blogging.