David Myers

Are Parental Hopes Gender Neutral? Ask Google

Blog Post created by David Myers Expert on Jul 19, 2016

Originally posted on October 21, 2014.


Seth Stephens-Davidowitz uses aggregate data from Google to see if parents’ hopes for their children are gender-neutral. He reports that, actually, many parents seem eager to have smart sons and slender, beautiful daughters. You can see this for yourself (heads-up to teachers:  a cool in-class demonstration here). Google (with quote marks) and note the number of results:

  • “Is my daughter gifted”
  • “Is my son gifted”
  • “Is my son overweight”
  • “Is my daughter overweight”

As an example, here’s another pair I just tried (the OR commands a Boolean search of either version):