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Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.


Looking at how girls use digital devices.

A survey of children ages five to 17 found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some respects.

Credit: Nicole Ruggiero

A survey of 2,900 girls and boys ages five to 17 (along with their parents) by the Girl Scout Research Institute on their use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some respects.

More than 80% of boys play video games for fun, according to the survey results, while just 72% of girls said the same.

In addition, 40% of girls surveyed were found to read books and articles on devices, versus 28% of boys.

Girls also were found to be more inclined to use technology to create something new, to discover a new talent or interest, or to connect to social issues.

Despite those findings, the survey also indicated boys were more confident in their tech skills than girls.

Said Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani, "By teaching our girls to code, we're not just preparing them to enter the workforce—we're preparing them to lead it."

From The New York Times
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