Women talk hair, shopping on Facebook while men talk video games, sports

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A new U.S. study analyzing 700 million words, phrases, and topics on Facebook finds that when it comes to status updates, men and women tend to lean on groan-worthy stereotypes.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center looked at the status updates of some 75,000 U.S. men and women, searching for which words distinguish sex, age, and varying personality types, such as extroverts and introverts, Popular Science reports.

Findings showed that women talked most about their hair and shopping, while men focused on sports, video games, and politics. Women also used more emotion words, such as "happy" and "sooo excited," and terms such as "besties" and "yummy," and they wrote in the first-person singular more than men. Men used the possessive "my" when talking about their significant other while women were more likely to refer to their husband or boyfriend as "amazing." Men also used more curse words and talked more about politics, sports, and products such as the Xbox.

When separated by age, younger Facebook users tended to talk about school, while 20-somethings wrote about work, beer, and weddings, Popular Science adds. Older users focused more on their children and families. Also, people considered neurotic were more likely to use the phrases "sick of" and "depressed," while introverts talked about Japanese manga.

The findings were published last week in the journal PLOS One.


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