New gadget gender gap

By Jonathan Sidener

If women are from Venus, you can bet the planet has Wi-Fi access in doctors’ offices. Meanwhile, on the manly planet of Mars, wireless Internet access clearly would be popular in restaurants.

In the brief history of personal computing, there have always been gender differences. Initially, men were more likely to buy and use computers. Men dominated the early years of public Internet use and video-game playing. That original gender gap has closed, with women now as likely to own computers and use the Internet as men. But some new differences are showing up.

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