Reality has a strange habit of causing pain to those who choose to ignore it. Feminists have been protesting up and down the streets for decades claiming that the ‘hetero-normative society’ is imposing its values on women and other minorities. They are stubborn that the American society is assigning exacting social roles and leaving no space for self-exploration.
Well, Facebook is a space where people get to express themselves freely. If Facebook statistics have anything to say about these claims, they are dead wrong. Based on data collected by Facebook, American women and men seem to be making very predictable social choices. For example, the significant majorities of men choose to follow ‘manly’ activities like hunting, gaming and martial arts whereas the majority of women like dancing, cooking and gardening. A similar distinction is observed regarding their personal interests that they reveal in their profiles. Ferrari, golf and beer come on top of the Men’s lists. Women focus on marriage, pets and spa. The difference in music choices is even starker. Men sit in front of their laptops waving their heads wildly to the hardcore music of the Slayer and Iron Maiden. Women, on the other hand, counter that with relatively peaceful music by Adele and Justin Bieber.
American men and women do not want to be politicized. They are happy with their social choices and the above infograhic and Facebook data reinforce this fact.