Gay and Lesbian Adults Read, Comment on Blogs More than Heterosexuals Do

April 25, 2008

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Media & Entertainment | Men | Social Media | Women

Online Gay and lesbian adults are reading more blogs than their heterosexual counterparts – 51% vs. 36% – and are also more receptive to blog advertising, according to a recent online national survey by Harris Interactive and?Witeck-Combs Communications.

A similar question on blog readership was asked in November 2006, when 32% of gay and lesbian adults reported reading blogs.

Gay and lesbian adults also said they feel more positive toward advertisements on blogs:

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  • Nearly one in five (19%) reported that they felt positive toward advertisements, compared with 8% of heterosexual adults.
  • In a similar study conducted two years ago, roughly the same proportion (21%) of gays and lesbians reported feeling positively toward blog ads.

Gay and lesbian adults are also more active in and connected to the blog medium:

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  • Asked to choose from a list of online activities, 27% of gay and lesbian adults reported posting a comment on a blog in the last month, compared with 13% of heterosexuals.
  • More than one out of five (21%) gay and lesbian respondents said they had written a personal blog post in the last month, compared with 7% of heterosexuals.

Regarding the types of blogs that gays and lesbians read:

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  • 28% of gay and lesbian adults reported reading news and current issue blogs, compared with 19% of heterosexuals.
  • More than a quarter (26%) of gay and lesbian adults also read entertainment and pop culture blogs, compared with 11% of heterosexuals.
  • With the heightened interest in this year’s electoral contests, nearly one-quarter (23%) of gay and lesbian adults said they read political blogs. Just14% of heterosexual adults reported reading political blogs.

Apart from blogs, gay and lesbian adults also participate in other online activities more than heterosexuals:

  • Asked how often they send instant messages to friends or other people, for reasons other than work-related tasks, in a typical month, 25% of gay adult men said they send instant messages at least once a day. Just 15% of heterosexual adult men said so.

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  • Half (50%) of gay and lesbian adults said they have sent instant messages (IMs) in the last month, compared with just one-third (34%) of heterosexual adults.

The trend is similar in the case of online communities and dating websites:

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  • Most gay adult men? (57%) online said they are a member of a social-networking website, compared with 37% of heterosexual men.
  • Two out of five (42 %) gay and lesbian adults said they have visited an online social community or network in the last month, compared with roughly one-third (32%) of heterosexuals.
  • Just over one-quarter (26%) of gay adult men reported visiting a dating or match-up site in the last month, compared with 9% of heterosexual male adults.

About the study: Harris Interactive conducted the study online within the United States between March 11 and 19, 2008, among 2,733 adults (age 18 and over), of whom 2,302 indicated they are heterosexual and 326 self-identified as gay or lesbian (this includes an over-sample of GLBT adults).

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