From: Miguel berkstrom
Submit: Post Field Note
Date: 13 Dec 1996
Remote Name: as-maclab-22.ucsc.edu
Miguel,male,21 Mariel,female,8 Marisa,female,8
I noticed that both of these two girls are very computer literate and enthusiastic about using computers. They entered all their own programs and were able to exit them and shut the computer down. They were very pleased with themselves, however I saw something different. I saw two young girls breaking the stereotype of their role as females and computers.
I realize now that my sisters also are always on the computer at home and that the stereotype of females lack of computer use may be a myth. They were working without an undergraduate so it was child-run. They also began with a computer that was turned off and did it all from the bottom-up. The way they worked together was very friendly and informal. Also they were certainly assisting themselves.
I noticed these events because I remember an article we read that stated a huge gap between male and female computer use. Then when I saw these two girls and reflected back about my sisters as well, and wondered if it is true or not. It would be interesting to possibly redo that study now.