LinkedIn study: Men in newspaper, broadcast industries more connected than women

A new LinkedIn study released today concludes that men in the U.S. broadcast and newspaper industries are more connected than women when it comes to networking online.

Drawing on anecdotal evidence, LinkedIn’s Nicole Williams said by phone that women tend to have fewer — but deeper — LinkedIn connections. They’re more likely, she said, to read up on their connections and interact with them online. Men, on the other hand, tend to have more connections but fewer interactions.

Krista Canfield, LinkedIn’s senior manager for corporate communications, said via email that this proved true in all of the countries LinkedIn examined, with the exception of India and Ireland. In India, women in the newspaper industry are more connected. In Ireland, men and women in the newspaper industry are equally connected. LinkedIn defined connectedness as the ratio of LinkedIn connections that women have to connections that men have, and the ratio of female members on LinkedIn members to male members.

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  • Audra Fullerton

    To recap – men have higher numbers of people connected to them via LinkdIn, women have fewer numbers of people but interact with them more often.
    So the definition of “more” connected is by default the male version of connected? Seems to me that this analysis simply proves that women and men are *differently* connected via this one web-based tool. The part about the male way being better – that’s just sexist.