So if men tend to be more interested than women in news about international affairs, Washington, D.C., goings-on, and sports …
And women more interested than men in news of weather, health and safety, natural disasters, and “tabloid news” generally …
Where does that leave news about climate change? With men and Washington goings-on? With women and weather and health and safety and natural disasters? Both? Neither?
It’s not really intended to be a riddle, but it appears the jury may still be out.
“Weather news was of particular interest to women,” according to a new Pew Research Center report, “Where Men and Women Differ in Following the News.”
“In 2007, 37 percent of women, on average, followed weather-related stories very closely compared with 29 percent of men.” The gender gap was largest concerning coverage of tornadoes and violent storms in the South and Midwest in March 2007: four-in-ten women followed that story “very closely,” compared with 25 percent of men. In the case of the August 2007 floods in the Midwest, nearly one-third of women, but only one-fifth of men, followed the news “very closely.”
The study reports also that women are more likely than men to regularly watch network morning shows such as the “Today Show” and “Good Morning America,” and more likely also to watch network news shows (31 to 25 percent) and TV news magazines such as “60 Minutes” or “Dateline” (25 to 21 percent). Men use radio news and talk radio more than women, the study said, and more regularly turn to a newspaper.