Facebook data reflects gender gap

Countries with a lower gender divide on social networking site Facebook are more rapidly approaching gender equality in economic terms.

This is according to a new study by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

The researchers developed a tool that produces a metric known as the Facebook Gender Divide, which is based on the aggregate statistics of almost 1.5 billion users from 217 countries.

According to the scientists, their findings showed a strong relationship between the Facebook Gender Divide and standard measurements of social and economic gender inequality from the World Economic Forum.

Commenting on the research discovery, first author David Garcia, a computational social scientist at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, said: “We interpret that as an indication that equality in Facebook access might help to close the economic gender gap. Women seem to benefit more from using Facebook than men.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801847269-ADNFCR