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Of the different-sex exchanges, men initiated the majority of conversations (73.3 percent vs. 26.7 percent); however, their initiations were 17.9 percent less likely to be reciprocated than those begun by women (20.6 percent reciprocated vs. 25.1 percent for female-initiated; t = -15.465; d.f. = 50,150; p < 0.001).Tables B.8 and B.9 in Appendix B provides more detailed statistics about reciprocation, categorizing the exchanges further by whether the participants satisfy each others' age requirements.

Users of both sexes had contact with a median of 2.0 distinct others. The distribution was wider, though, for men than for women (mean = 5.3, s.d. = 11.8 for men; mean = 4.2, s.d. = 5.9 for women). Men participated in more communications on average than women, but we would expect this because the active subset of users

Figure 2.3. Number of dyadic ties per person.

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contains more women than men, so the contacts are spread across a larger number of women.

Overall, the number of dyadic ties per person (Figure 2.3) followed the familiar "power law" distribution, with many users with few ties and exponentially fewer with many ties.The mean number of ties per person was 5.0 (s.d. =

As expected from the above finding that men begin most conversations, men on average initiated more contacts than they received (mean = 3.3, median = 1.0, s.d. = 7.1 initiated vs. mean = 1.9, median = 1.0, s.d. = 2.8 received). Women, on the other hand, initiated fewer contacts than they received (mean = 1.5, median = 0.0, s.d. = 3.4 initiated vs. mean = 2.7, median = 1.0, s.d. = 3.5 received). Figure 2.2 shows contacts initiated and received by age as well as gender.

From this point forward, the discussion will address different-sex messaging only.

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