Women Are More Lonely On Twitter, But Men Get More Sympathy

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When social media users vent their loneliness, for some, it’s a cry for help. For others, it’s a flippant expression of momentary boredome

A new analysis that catalogued some expressions of loneliness on Twitter found compelling gender differences both in how people vent, as well as the replies they receive.

Women are much more likely to tweet about their loneliness, the study concluded, a finding that matches up with a large body of evidence showing women are more emotionally expressive than men. Some 70% of 4,450 tweets about loneliness over a two-week period were sent by female Twitter users. Only 30% were from men, according to work by researchers at Cornell Tech, Rutgers University, and the University of California, Irvine. Women were also more likely than men to tweet about “enduring” loneliness (i.e. “I hate feeling like this. I’m so lonely and depressed all the time.”), rather than everyday or transient loneliness (i.e. “OMG, I’m so lonely right now.”).

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