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Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
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Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
https://www.wsj.com/articles/girls-vs-bo...02?mod=mhp

An interesting read, nonetheless. I've included the text for anyone who isn't subscribed to WSJ.

Quote:Many parents of both boys and girls have witnessed striking differences in the way their kids use technology, with their sons generally gravitating to videogames and their daughters often spending more of their screen time scrolling through social media.

Emerging research indicates that brain differences between males and females help account for the split.

“It is entirely plausible from a neurological perspective that there’s an underlying biological component to this difference people are seeing,” said Larry Cahill, a professor of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine, who has spent two decades researching gender differences in the brain.

In this column I’ve chronicled the aggression some boys exhibit when they have to shut off videogames and transition to other activities, as well as the problems some young men face when they go to college and have to juggle game time and school work without mom and dad’s help.

That led some readers to question why girls don’t appear to be having these problems. Of course, girls have issues of their own, such as smuggling “burner” phones to keep up with forbidden social media accounts. It’s just that when it comes to videogames, most girls seem to have a better handle on when to stop.

According to a 2017 survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 41% of teenage boys said they spend too much time playing videogames while only 11% of girls said they do.

Marc Potenza, a psychiatry professor at Yale University, teamed up with researchers at universities in China to find out why. Using functional MRIs, which measure brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow, the team studied neural responses in young male and female gamers, particularly in the parts of the brain associated with reward processing and craving—a motivating factor in addiction. When the men and women were shown photos of people playing videogames, those parts of the men’s brains showed higher levels of activation than those parts of the women’s brains.

Brain regions that have been implicated in drug-addiction studies also were shown to be more highly activated in the men after gaming. The researchers said the results suggest men could be more biologically prone than women to developing internet gaming disorder.

But girls and women aren’t free from problems when it comes to digital media. Data from Pew shows that, in general, women use social platforms such as Facebook , Instagram and Pinterest far more than men. Many girls and women are drawn to those photo-sharing sites because they like to form bonds and find similarities, says Rosanna Guadagno, a social psychologist at Stanford University.

Even if women only use those sites more than men because that is where their friends are, many experts and parents say they have found that girls appear to have a greater fear of missing out, which compels them to keep up with what their friends are posting. Some recent studies show that girls feel the ill effects of too much social media use, such as depression and anxiety, more than boys do.

Liz Repking, a cyber safety expert and mother of three in suburban Chicago, has seen the differences in her own sons and daughter. Earlier this summer, her 15-year-old daughter said her phone was driving her crazy. She told her that she felt pressured to follow her friends’ Instagram stories and like and comment on their posts, and that it was eating up a lot of her time, Ms. Repking said.

Her sons, 18 and 21, use social media—Snapchat, in particular—mostly to communicate with friends but don’t feel compelled to keep up with what people are posting. “There’s more peer pressure and validation I see with it for her than for the boys,” she said.

In August, Ms. Repking’s daughter decided to impose some limits, such as being on her phone no more than three hours a day and checking Instagram less frequently. “When I asked her a week later how that was going, she said, ‘I’m only looking at Instagram three times a day but I can’t catch up,’” Ms. Repking said.

One might argue that multiplayer videogames are the way boys connect with friends online. But it’s different. “Videogames can be social but there’s also a physical distance because you don’t see photos, and communication is largely through text, which is more consistent with the direct way men tend to communicate with each other,” Dr. Guadagno said.

Researchers at the University of Zurich looked at how differences in brain functioning can help explain why women tend to be more prosocial—that is, helpful, generous and cooperative—than men. In the 2017 study, they hypothesized that the areas of women’s brains related to reward processing are more active when they share rewards and that those areas in men are more active when receiving selfish rewards. Brain scans conducted on men and women, in which they chose between receiving a monetary reward only for themselves or one that involved sharing money with others, supported their theory.

The Lego Group learned a lot about the prosocial nature of girls more than a decade ago when it conducted research on who buys the brick building kits. At the time, about 90% of the Lego sets purchased in the U.S. were intended for boys. That led the company to conduct more research with girls which revealed, among other things, that girls wanted more role-playing opportunities. Lego created a pastel-colored line called Friends, which sold well but was criticized by some consumer groups—including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood—for reinforcing gender stereotypes.

Academics who study gender differences also have faced backlash for pointing out that boys and girls aren’t the same.
“It’s not a debate that there are sex influences throughout the mammalian brain,” said Dr. Cahill. “How they all play out is what we should responsibly explore.”

Scientists say understanding those differences is critical to parents’ ability to help kids navigate the fast-changing world of tech.
Our brains haven’t caught up to modern times, says Dr. Guadagno, which is why kids’ digital behavior can feel so confusing and overwhelming to parents trying to manage it. “Human brains are wired for survival on the savanna,” she said. “They’re not wired for social media and videogames.”
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RE: Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
Responding to OP:
Of course there are sex differences in ways of thinking and attitudes between men and women, but nothing in this article shows that the differences are due to sex-based biological differences from birth. We know social conditioning is a major brain changer from when children are very young.
"Our attitudes towards things like race or gender operate on two levels. First of all, we have our conscious attitudes. This is what we choose to believe. These are our stated values, which we use to direct our behavior deliberately ... But the IAT [Implicit Association Test] measures something else. It measures our second level of attitude, our racial attitude on an unconscious level - the immediate, automatic associations that tumble out before we've even had time to think. We don't deliberately choose our unconscious attitudes. And ... we may not even be aware of them. The giant computer that is our unconscious silently crunches all the data it can from the experiences we've had, the people we've met, the lessons we've learned, the books we've read, the movies we've seen, and so on, and it forms an opinion." - Malcolm Gladwell
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RE: Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
(September 24, 2019 at 3:26 pm)Grandizer Wrote: Responding to OP:
Of course there are sex differences in ways of thinking and attitudes between men and women, but nothing in this article shows that the differences are due to sex-based biological differences from birth. We know social conditioning is a major brain changer from when children are very young.

I never claimed it proved that lol. In fact, I was more interested in reading about how video games and social media affect a child's brain.

Although, I think the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. I think sex determines these differences a lot more than people would like to admit, and I think societal influences affect the brain's development more than a lot of other people would like to admit.

I think people who try to paint any behavior (save for a few exceptions) as being solely nature or solely nurture are total morons.
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RE: Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
(September 24, 2019 at 3:57 pm)EgoDeath Wrote:
(September 24, 2019 at 3:26 pm)Grandizer Wrote: Responding to OP:
Of course there are sex differences in ways of thinking and attitudes between men and women, but nothing in this article shows that the differences are due to sex-based biological differences from birth. We know social conditioning is a major brain changer from when children are very young.

I never claimed it proved that lol. In fact, I was more interested in reading about how video games and social media affect a child's brain.

Although, I think the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. I think sex determines these differences a lot more than people would like to admit, and I think societal influences affect the brain's development more than a lot of other people would like to admit.

I think people who try to paint any behavior (save for a few exceptions) as being solely nature or solely nurture are total morons.

The title of the thread is misleading then. Sure, brain differences mean differences in behavior and psychology, but that does not mean that the different ways girls and boys are socially conditioned doesn't contribute to brain differences. And it's not really clear if there are innate psychological differences between men and women that are firmly "set in stone". In fact, even with respect to differences in aggression levels, some recent studies have been suggesting that the differences might not be due to innate neurobiology differences between the sexes after all.
"Our attitudes towards things like race or gender operate on two levels. First of all, we have our conscious attitudes. This is what we choose to believe. These are our stated values, which we use to direct our behavior deliberately ... But the IAT [Implicit Association Test] measures something else. It measures our second level of attitude, our racial attitude on an unconscious level - the immediate, automatic associations that tumble out before we've even had time to think. We don't deliberately choose our unconscious attitudes. And ... we may not even be aware of them. The giant computer that is our unconscious silently crunches all the data it can from the experiences we've had, the people we've met, the lessons we've learned, the books we've read, the movies we've seen, and so on, and it forms an opinion." - Malcolm Gladwell
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RE: Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
(September 24, 2019 at 11:46 pm)Grandizer Wrote: The title of the thread is misleading then.

Oh my god LMAO not this shit again. Take it up with the Wall Street Journal dude. I'm sure they'll be ecstatic to hear from you and jump right on that.

(September 24, 2019 at 11:46 pm)Grandizer Wrote: Sure, brain differences mean differences in behavior and psychology, but that does not mean that the different ways girls and boys are socially conditioned doesn't contribute to brain differences. And it's not really clear if there are innate psychological differences between men and women that are firmly "set in stone". In fact, even with respect to differences in aggression levels, some recent studies have been suggesting that the differences might not be due to innate neurobiology differences between the sexes after all.

Okay, well, that's simply not true. There are inherent differences between how men's and women's brains are wired that have nothing to do with social conditioning.

However, I'm not really interested in debating that here. I was more interested in discussing the article, which you're clearly not interested in. If you're not interested in the article... then that's cool! Take it easy. Not really much else to talk about.
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RE: Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
Researchers at the University of Zurich looked at how differences in brain functioning can help explain why women tend to be more prosocial—that is, helpful, generous and cooperative—than men. In the 2017 study, they hypothesized that the areas of women’s brains related to reward processing are more active when they share rewards and that those areas in men are more active when receiving selfish rewards. Brain scans conducted on men and women, in which they chose between receiving a monetary reward only for themselves or one that involved sharing money with others, supported their theory.

So they are saying men are inherently more selfish?
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RE: Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
(September 25, 2019 at 9:09 am)Figbash Wrote: Researchers at the University of Zurich looked at how differences in brain functioning can help explain why women tend to be more prosocial—that is, helpful, generous and cooperative—than men. In the 2017 study, they hypothesized that the areas of women’s brains related to reward processing are more active when they share rewards and that those areas in men are more active when receiving selfish rewards. Brain scans conducted on men and women, in which they chose between receiving a monetary reward only for themselves or one that involved sharing money with others, supported their theory.

So they are saying men are inherently more selfish?

Interesting.

What's even more interesting to me is how understanding the inherent differences in the sexes can actually help the advancement of finding cures for certain diseases.
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RE: Girls Vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors
(September 25, 2019 at 9:09 am)Figbash Wrote: Researchers at the University of Zurich looked at how differences in brain functioning can help explain why women tend to be more prosocial—that is, helpful, generous and cooperative—than men. In the 2017 study, they hypothesized that the areas of women’s brains related to reward processing are more active when they share rewards and that those areas in men are more active when receiving selfish rewards. Brain scans conducted on men and women, in which they chose between receiving a monetary reward only for themselves or one that involved sharing money with others, supported their theory.

So they are saying men are inherently more selfish?

Not inherently, no. At least not necessarily. Since we know the brain is plastic and malleable, even if there did happen to be some innately "male brain" and "female brain" at birth, it wouldn't make much difference anyway.
"Our attitudes towards things like race or gender operate on two levels. First of all, we have our conscious attitudes. This is what we choose to believe. These are our stated values, which we use to direct our behavior deliberately ... But the IAT [Implicit Association Test] measures something else. It measures our second level of attitude, our racial attitude on an unconscious level - the immediate, automatic associations that tumble out before we've even had time to think. We don't deliberately choose our unconscious attitudes. And ... we may not even be aware of them. The giant computer that is our unconscious silently crunches all the data it can from the experiences we've had, the people we've met, the lessons we've learned, the books we've read, the movies we've seen, and so on, and it forms an opinion." - Malcolm Gladwell
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(September 25, 2019 at 3:21 am)no one Wrote:


Not always true...
Sanity adjacent.


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