A study published yesterday showed women are way nicer on social media. Researchers analyzed 10 million messages from 52,000 Facebook users to assess the way different genders communicate online. Although the data suggests there’s little difference in language across gender, the topics most commonly referenced by female-labeled Facebook users were often friendly, while male-labeled posts were argumentative and aggressive.
Self-identified women mostly used Facebook to post about their friends, family and social life, while self-identified men were more likely to discuss objects, instead of people, and employ profanity. The results concluded women were “interpersonally warmer, more compassionate and polite,” summarizing male interaction as “cold, hostile and impersonal.”
This new data isn’t completely shocking. Women have long been socially conditioned to be on their best behavior. But the study also measured assertiveness by analyzing 15,000 Facebook profiles, and contradictory to both previous findings and cultural assumptions, women were actually more assertive in their language than their male counterparts. Basically, this study confirmed everything we already knew: Guys suck online, and girls say rude things in a nice way.