Internet gender gap closes as millions of women take up surfing

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Women will lead global Internet growth this year, helping close the gender gap that has characterized the Internet since its inception, according to market researcher Angus Reid Group's Face of the Web study. The global study was based on a sample of 28,374 Internet users and consumers conducted by telephone or in-person interviews. About 59% of current Internet users are male and 41% female; the study shows, however, that of people who intend to go online this year, an estimated 54% will be female and 46% male.

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