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Is It Harder To Be A Female Athlete On Social Media?

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How you use social media as an athlete can be a major indicator for college coaches about whether you’ll be a good fit for their program. Which can make being on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms stressful just by itself.

But recently, we’ve been hearing another type of question: Do some student-athletes have it worse than others?

Is it tougher to be on social media for female athletes?

Jane McManus recently laid out some of the difficulties women in sports have on social media on ESPNW. She writes:

Being a woman in this business has always been difficult. Women have been told to develop a thick skin and deal with the implied violence (and, do it quietly) because, free speech and everything.

But social media has upped the ante. Now, having a thick skin means reporting news and links — or god forbid having an opinion — via Twitter, only to have your mentions turn into a gender-biased pile of hot, steaming poop on occasion. It happens to men in our business, but my sense is the degree of anger is ratcheted up for women who dare to write about sports.

You can read more of Jane’s piece here.

Another ESPNW correspondent wrote about her negative experiences online during the Super Bowl.

In general, how do athletes handle social media?

We recently wrote about how to handle social media ridicule as a student-athlete, and we often hear questions from student-athletes just like you — both young men and woman — who want to make sure they’re acting responsibly and professionally online. With so many individuals — parents, teachers, coaches, admissions departments, your friends — watching, does everyone have a rough time on social media?

What do you think? Is it harder to be on social media as a female athlete? What kind of challenges do all young athletes face online? Let us know on Twitter @ncsa and on Facebook.


One place where any student-athlete can show off their qualifications to play on college online is in their NCSA profile. Don’t have one yet? It’s easy to create one.

About the author
Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.