Twitter whining is perhaps less pervasive and even passive aggressive than Facebook whining, but some new data on the practice of kvetching in the social sphere turns some gender stereotypes upside-down.
As a woman and a feminist (and hating of negative gender concepts about nagging), I admit given what I see on Facebook, I’d have imagined females are more prone to Twitter whining than their male counterparts. Alas, no! New data reveals that while the ladies are far more chatty overall (as evidenced by a higher volume of posts), tweets by male users registered higher on a scientific scale of bitching.
(Insert joke about men not even having to tolerate epidurals or labor here.)
The Twitter whining findings were part of a larger overall look at Twitter gender patterns, and discovered in a small sample size of about 1,000 British Twitter users. Social firm Brandwatch examined the data, and Edward Crook of the firm said:
Many studies have shown that men and women use more similar language online than offline, so we were surprised to see such clear differences in the results … 140 characters encourages many of the non-standard features of spoken language, which could explain this divide,” Cook said. “It is clear though that men and women are both discussing different topics on Twitter and using different language to do so.
While Twitter whining is more likely to be from male users, some stereotypes held firm — men tweeted 80 percent of tech tweets, while women posted more about shopping and eating out.