Google+ Is a Boys’ Club

Three-quarters of all users are male

In the two weeks since Google+ first launched, the social networking site has amassed a user base of over 10 million people, Google CEO Larry Page said Thursday. And according to several Google+ statistics tracking sites, the site is also quite the boys’ club, says Mashable.

SocialStatistics, a site that gathers data from close to 30,000 select profiles, estimates that men make up 86.8 percent of Google+, while FindPeopleOnPlus, which collects information from about 1 million users, found that the site’s membership is 73.7 percent male.

The site is also attracting many more single guys than single women. According to FindPeopleOnPlus, nearly 95 percent of Google+ users whose profiles say they’re “looking” for dating or a relationship are male. About 25,000 of all users have labeled themselves as single, while 19,000 are married and 12,000 are in a relationship. Most users, however, don’t give a relationship status at all.

Mashable points out that the early adopters of any new technology are usually male, which would explain the massive gender gap. (Facebook, on the other hand, has an even ratio of women to men.) With its mostly male, tech-savvy membership (currently, around 60 percent of users identify themselves as Web developers or software engineers), the Google+ audience is “fairly stereotypical,” says Mashable, which describes the site’s average users as “nerdy guys who have deep understandings of technology and who don’t mind killing some time setting up Circles of friends.”

But it won’t be easy to track the gender gap for much longer: Google has recently stopped requiring users to specify their gender—an option that's long been available on Facebook.

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