I am currently doing some research on the differences between how men and women communicate their sex through language on the internet? According to posts in this forum and your own personal experience, do you think each sex uses differnent words or phrase constructions to portray their gender? I would love some feedback of your own personal accounts!
I've never really been able to tell the difference in a person's gender except from their profile, or if they mention it in their posts. I think that it is partly because so many people post on this site from outside the USA so the slang terms that people use are sometimes very different from what I hear in my daily life. On that note though I am getting pretty good about telling what country someone comes from without having to look at their profiles.
Have you noticed that women tend to sign off differently? More "take care" or "enjoy your travels" at the end of their posts. It's the facilitative nature of female communication. When girls talk they always nod and encourage and use more uh huh's etc than guys do. Following this through to forum chat, where the person can't be seen or heard, does that mean the ladies are more polite? I'm not sure. But I'll be looking out for any tell tale signs.
Good luck with your research (see even I do it)
I just think women use more smilies
I can tell someone is female or male by what threads they reply to, their nickname (obviously if your nickname is Leah, you would be female!), what threads they start, the way the say what they are trying to say ( females tend to have a different tone- I think it is more congenial). Also, what people talk about reveals their gender- especially if they are talking about gender-stereotypical things like:
females- fashion, romance . ..
males- hot chicks, adrenaline sports . ..
Besides that, I find that males tend to use more sarcasm in their jokes, or irony, on this site (or maybe most of the males are from down under or the UK! ) Sometimes, though, I guess it is just my intuition or something he he . .. I dunno . .. feel free to disagree.
Men and women may travel diferently and live differently. As an older woman I like, but always have liked, to know where I am going, where I am going to sleep, and how much it is gong to cost. I like to have plenty of time to do my own thing once these broard perameters are in place. My brother, on the other hand, says he plans ahead as little as possible and only once found himself with nowhere to stay. He and his wife were in Germany and could find no accommodation. Having Euro rail passes they went to the railway station late at night and caught a train, any train, and woke up in Belgium. When I was young and single and traveled a lot, there were not the hostels that make it so much cheaper now, and a bed so much easier to find. You needed to know the cost.
I have been looking at the Global Freeloaders site and note that the women listed in general live in very small inner-city units and offer a couch in the living room and may be sharing with 3 other people or they offer a matress on their bedroom floor. Guys do, too, but are more likely than the women to have a bedroom to offer and live in the suburbs. I gained the impression they owned their houses.One had a guest suite overlooking a magnificent lake.
Men are more inclined to offer a good time, friendship and sometimes hunting and fishing. Women ae more inclined to say what and where the facilities are. Men will sometimes say 'Who cares about the facilities. I am here. What else matters! My freindship is worth more than these!'
I must say that, in the end, to save time, I just looked for the women. My husband was not able to come with me, and I wanted to pay him the courtesy of not seeking male company while away.
Interesting question fleur, I'm posting on a London-based on-line community where we sometimes meet up off-line which I always find fun since, without being aware of it, I kind of have an idea what people looks like even though I've never seen them. More than once I've been completely wrong not only about the looks but someone I thought was a woman is a guy and vice versa.
Another interesting thing is how some people have replied here, without thinking of it both women and men use men as the norm, therefore it's completely logic to write:
'Have you noticed that women tend to sign off differently?' (differently than who..?)
There are more answers about what, or how women do it, which also can be seen as an example of how women 'differ'.
I'd say that there really aren't any typical differences between how men and women communicate. It comes down to personality more than gender.