Numbers Don't Lie

Friday, June 16, 2006

How to choose your on-line screen name ?

A new study out of the University of Maryland shows that female usernames in a chatroom receive 25 times more threatening or sexual private messages than male or neutral usernames. The obviously female screen names in the study were subjected to 163 malicious messages per day. The harassment ranged from the relatively benign ("feeling horny?") to thoroughly unsavory. The authors advise parents to tell their kids to create gender-ambiguous screen names.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a Harper's Digest reader, aren't you? Love the blog, though most of the statistics are disturbing at best. Here's a good one--only 1% of bottomland forests exist today that were in the southeast lowlands of Missouri in 1930. With all the kids using weblogs, etc. for entertainment, the 25% is exceptionally low.

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