The difference between men and women

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… at least as it relates to the news.

The Pew Research Center is out with a study today that chronicles the difference in news habits between men and women.


Women consistently express more interest than men in stories about weather, health and safety, natural disasters and tabloid news. Men are more interested than women in stories about international affairs, Washington news and sports.

At the same time, men and women often express comparable levels of interest in the top news stories of the day. For example, the presidential campaign has attracted only modestly greater interest among men than among women. In five weekly news interest surveys in 2008, 37% of men and 32% of women say they have followed campaign news very closely.

So women overall seem more interested in domestic stories. Men are more interested in international stories.

Brittney Spears doesn’t come up at all.

(Hat tip: Mike Reszler)

  • Greg

    Are we witnessing the “feminization” of the news?

    I cannot help but notice the content shift of the evening news broadcasts, and daily newspapers from an emphasis on foriegn and national affairs to local and celebrity gobble-gook.

    Look at the evening news. Crime, community news and weather lead; rarely a word of international news, only a word of national news (unless it is a disaster).

    I have gotten to the point where I do not rely on news from broadcasters or the newspapers. Never watch, never listen.

    I read The Economist and Financial Times — and listen to MPR for local political coverage.

    NPR is a complete waste of time. I find Al Jeezer less biased.