The Times, They Are A-Changin’

Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain

Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites are not misfits resembling the Lone Gunmen of “The X Files.” On the contrary, the cyberpioneers of the moment are digitally effusive teenage girls.

“Most guys don’t have patience for this kind of thing,” said Nicole Dominguez, 13, of Miramar, Fla., whose hobbies include designing free icons, layouts and “glitters” shimmering animations for the Web and MySpace pages of other teenagers. “It’s really hard.”

[…] If you did a poll I think you’d find that boys rarely have sites,” she said. “It’s mostly girls.”

Indeed, a study published in December by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that among Web users ages 12 to 17, significantly more girls than boys blog 35 percent of girls compared with 20 percent of boys and create or work on their own Web pages 32 percent of girls compared with 22 percent of boys.