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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 

Gender Differences Concerning Wikipedia: A Follow-up Study
Sook Lim

Monday, 6:30pm


This follow-up study of Lim and Kwon (2010) examined whether gender differences persist in certain aspects concerning Wikipedia. Additionally, this study examined other new variables, such as satisficing and peer approval in relation to gender. Data were collected using a web survey at a large public university in the Midwestern United States in fall 2011. A total of 123 surveys were usable for this study. The key findings show that two data sets collected three years apart were consistent with each other, showing that the persistence of gender differences in college students with respect to Wikipedia use, their perceived credibility of Wikipedia, and self-evaluation of their ability discerning the credibility of Wikipedia information. In addition, this study found that male students showed a higher level of satisficing with Wikipedia and tended to report a higher level of their peer's approval for Wikipedia than their female counterparts did. The findings call for attention to educational interventions to narrow the gender gap concerning Wikipedia or UGC.