New York, Oct 19 : When it comes to surfing the Web, men and women have completely different approaches, according to a new study.
The research on of Internet habits led by USC Annenberg Centre for the Digital Future found that while a majority of Internet users - 55pct - said they "feel as strongly" about their online communities as they do about their real ones, men feel a stronger connection to their cyberspace friends and are more likely to meet up with someone they met on the Net.
"It's not a surprise that women are more cautious meeting up offline," the New York Daily News quoted Michael Gilbert, senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future who analyzed the data, as saying.
"But the greater inclination of men to connect with their online community members is a trend we're watching," he added.
The survey of 2,000 American households showed that men were three times more likely than women to use of sites like Facebook or MySpace and had "at least somewhat" reduced their offline interactions.
It also showed that women still spend two hours more each week reading a book offline, while men spend an hour and a half more at their monitors reading online books, magazines and newspapers.
"It seems women still enjoy the experience of curling up with a good book, leafing through the pages," Gilbert said.
"Men want to get at the information," he added.