Regardless of sexuality men are typically angrier and more argumentative on Facebook than women, a new study has found.
The findings come from a team of researchers from New York’s Stony Brook University, who used a computer program to analyse around 10 million status updates and comments made by more than 65,000 Facebook users, who agreed to take part in the study.
Women’s language on Facebook was “warmer and more agreeable” than men’s, who tended to be more hostile and impersonal.
The distinction was so clear that the researchers were able to guess a user’s gender simply from the language used in their posts, with 90 per cent accuracy.
Some of the most commonly-used words in statuses posted by women were ‘wonderful’, ‘happy’, ‘birthday’, ‘daughter’, ‘baby’, ‘excited’ and ‘thankful’.
Meanwhile, the list of top men’s words included ‘freedom’, ‘liberty’, ‘win’, ‘battle’ and ‘enemy’.
While men were shown to be slightly more aggressive on Facebook, they weren’t more assertive.