Gender Differentiation In Internet Usage: A Case Study Of Great Zimbabwe University Students (Zimbabwe)

Chris Denhere Chris Denhere, Pilot Mudhovozi


The purpose of the study was to find out if there was gender differentiation in Internet usage
by students at Great Zimbabwe University. A stratified random sampling method was employed
to select respondents (N=129) from the student population across faculties. The descriptive
survey research design was used. A 15 – item questionnaire was administered to collect data
from the participants. The chi-square was used to analyze collected data. The study revealed
that the majority (N = 108) of the participants had access to the Internet. Accessibility to the
Internet was found to be gender neutral. Gender differences on patterns of Internet usage were
statistically significant on news, sport and pornography sites. There was however, no significant
gender differentiation on Internet visits to sites such as research communication, gospel, health,
gaming, films and job searching. Further research to establish the reasons for the diverse interest
on various sites need to be carried out.

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