A study of the relationship between gender and online social presence

Chih Hsiung Tu, Cherng Jyh Yen, Michael Blocher

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CMC has been considered a "democratizing" technology; however, research indicates that CMC does not automatically result in social equality, and points to the importance of social and cultural factors surrounding the adoption of technology. Research suggests that CMC may impose a disadvantage to females, demonstrating lower levels of social presence. This study assesses the predictive relationship between gender and online social presence. A total of 395 graduate students participated by responding to the Computer-Mediated Communication Questionnaire. Quantitative research designs and analyses were applied. This study concluded that online social presence is not related to gender; therefore, gender cannot serve as an effective predictor for online social presence. A female's online social presence can be as high as a male's. Effective strategies to improve online social presence for both genders are suggested. Additionally, this study raises the importance on gender equity in emerging social media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurriculum, Learning, and Teaching Advancements in Online Education
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781466629509
ISBN (Print)1466629495, 9781466629493
StatePublished - Feb 28 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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