Website comment sections are a perfect example of what makes the Internet both great and terrible at the same time. The great part is the ability of authors and readers to interact directly to debate ideas and get new perspectives.
The bad part is that comment sections rarely live up to their promise. Most comment threats end in angry shouting matches and name calling. However, researchers have just stumbled on something else wrong with Internet comments.
Surprisingly, according to statistician Emma Pierson, the majority of Internet comments seem to be from men. On sites like the New York Times and Washington Post, women comment less. Some sites estimate up to 75% of their comments come from men.
Considering just many women as men use the Internet, people are scratching their heads as to why.