Music-search behaviour on a social Q&A site: A cross-gender comparison

Shengli Deng, Anqi Zhao, Shaoxiong Fu, Yong Liu, Wenjie Fan, Yuting Jiang

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While there have been numerous studies of music-search behaviour, little is known about gendered aspects of how it is carried out on social question and answer sites. The article examines gender differences manifested on one such site with regard to (a) the motivations of the person posing the question, (b) intervening variables that influence music-search behaviour and (c) the formulation of the questions. Results from manual categorisation and other analysis of 17,380 music-relevant questions collected from the site show that males who asked questions did so more often, provided more answers and had more followers than female question-posters. Males tended to include music context information in questions asking for ready reference, whereas females often asked questions in a second-person pronoun aiming for promoting discussion. Such research results add to the current understanding of music-search behaviour and contribute new insights that can inform development of better music services/systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0165551519861605
Pages (from-to)560-574
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Early online date17 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Gender differences
  • music-search behaviour
  • social Q&A


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