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Gender differences in the online reading environment

Ziming Liu (School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA)
Xiaobin Huang (Department of Information Management, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore gender differences in the online reading environment.

Design/methodology/approach

Survey and analysis methods are employed.

Findings

Survey results reveal that female readers have a stronger preference for paper as a reading medium than male readers, whereas male readers exhibit a greater degree of satisfaction with online reading than females. Additionally, males and females differ significantly on the dimension of selective reading and sustained attention.

Originality/value

Understanding gender differences would enable a better understanding of the changing reading behavior in the online environment, and to develop more effective digital reading devices. Factors affecting gender differences in the online reading environment are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.

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Citation

Liu, Z. and Huang, X. (2008), "Gender differences in the online reading environment", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 64 No. 4, pp. 616-626. https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410810884101

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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