How many times have you posted heart emojis in a comment on Facebook? Or used a slew of exclamation points after sending a note of encouragement to a friend via the social networking site?
Chances are, if you’re a woman, you do that pretty often. According to new research, women are seemingly just more sympathetic and caring than men, both in person, and online.
Apparently, men and women use the same type of vocabulary on Facebook–we’re not so different when it comes to our word choice–but the type of content we post about, and how we engage with and respond to our peers online, is different.
“The language most characteristic of self-identified females was warmer, friendlier, and focused on people, whereas self-identified males’ most characteristic language was more socially distant, disagreeable and focused on objects,” the researchers found.
The study collected data from more than 65,000 consenting Facebook users, and analyzed over 10-million messages. (Ah, the power of Facebook.)
Women were more likely to write about positive emotions and events, with topics including friends, family, and their social lives. Women used words like “love,” “awww,” “ridiculously,” “xoxo,” and, of course, the good ol’ triangle bracket and number three, “<3 ,” to illustrate their feelings.
Men, on the other hand, were more argumentative, and likely to swear. Researches found that they talk about topics like politics, sports, and power.
But don’t be fooled by the fluffy, warm words use by the ladies. “Contrary to expectations, women used slightly more assertive language than men,” the study wrote. You bet we’re willing to get into a Facebook debate, if we’re passionate about the topic. Like, don’t get us started on the ridiculously awesome season finale of The Voice! <3!!