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Yo - Where Are My Ladies At? The Men v Women Digital Divide

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Alright. I know you know… 

At Butler Street, we love us some AI. Give us a way to do something better and more efficiently - we’ll take it.  And what better way to end Women’s History Month than diving back into the quirky world of AI, where the battle of the sexes takes a digital twist. Imagine a world where your toaster is more likely to listen to you if you're a man. Sounds like a bad sci-fi movie, right? Well, it's not about toasters, but it's not too far off when we talk about AI. In the last six months, research and analysis from FlexJobsBrookings Institution, and BBC are all pointing in the same direction – women are at risk of getting left behind. 

And all I have to say is – not on my watch, ladies!

The Stats Speak: Men vs. Women in AI Land

  • Men and AI: Picture a guy talking to his AI-powered fridge about the meaning of life, or using AI to write love poems. According to our digital dossier, men are all in, with 54% using AI in some form, be it conjuring up gourmet recipes or plotting world domination in Excel.

  • Women and AI: Now, envision a woman cautiously eyeing her AI assistant like it might explode any second. Only 35% of women are mingling with AI, and it's not because they're technophobes. They're just not buying into the hype or maybe they're onto something the guys aren't.

Why the Digital Divide?

  • Trust Issues: Ever asked Siri for directions and ended up at a dead-end? Women seem to have a sixth sense of tech trustworthiness. Harriet Kelsall, a jeweler, gave ChatGPT a pop quiz on royal crowns and caught it red-handed making stuff up. If AI fumbles on royal trivia, is it dependable enough to handle our schedule planning?

  • The Authenticity Factor: Michelle Leivars, a London-based business coach, prefers her words to sound like her, not like a robot who's watched too much "Downton Abbey." It's about keeping it real, folks. AI might save time, but at what cost? The soul of your message, that's what.

  • The Creativity Conundrum: Hayley Bystram, who plays Cupid for a living, believes in the magic of human touch. AI writing member profiles? "It feels like cheating," she says. And she's right. Imagine AI writing love letters. "Dear [Insert Name], Your eyes are like [Insert Comparison]."

The Bigger Picture

  • STEM and Stereotypes: The tech world's been a boys' club for too long, and AI's no exception. With women making up just 24% of the STEM workforce, it's no wonder there's a bit of a disconnect. It's like showing up to a party where you don't know anyone — intimidating and a tad awkward.

  • Confidence or Competence: Lee Chambers, a psychologist, points out that women want to feel competent before diving into something new, whereas guys are more like, "Eh, I'll wing it." It's not about ability; it's about feeling ready and confident.

At Butler Street, we want all of our clients to embrace AI and feel confident using it – both men and women.  I, as the writer of this blog, can think back to a year ago when I had hardly heard about ChatGPT and OpenAI, and it had already been generating excitement in tech circles. Fast forward and I am now a proud proponent of its responsible use, teaching training participants new ways of mastering prompts and crushing them. Whether it’s for Sales Effectiveness, Leadership Effectiveness, or any of our other training paths, you will find us ready and willing to build the skills and confidence of our participants regardless of gender.


Wrapping It Up with a Digital Bow

So, what have we learned from this digital gender tango? AI's not going anywhere, and neither are the quirky, sometimes baffling differences in how men and women interact with it. But here's the kicker: diversity in AI usage and development isn't just good; it's essential. We need more voices, more perspectives, and yes, more women shaping the future of AI. Because let's face it, an AI that can't appreciate the complexity of a good chocolate cake recipe or understand why "Pride and Prejudice" is the ultimate love story needs all the help it can get.

And to the men out there, it’s great that you’re using it. Keep it up!  Continue to challenge it, question it, and maybe, just maybe, use it to write a poem or two. Who knows? You might just impress someone special or, at the very least, get a good laugh out of it.

Remember, in the grand scheme of things, AI is just another tool, albeit a really cool one. Whether you're a man, woman, or prefer not to say, what matters is how we use this technology to make our lives better, not who uses it more. The AI gender gap is more than just a quirky statistic; it's a reflection of broader societal trends and attitudes toward technology. By addressing these underlying issues, we can work towards a future where AI tools are as universally embraced as smartphones. Until then, let's keep the conversation going, encourage exploration, and maybe, just maybe, convince more women that AI isn't just for the boys.

Interested in learning more about Butler Street's AI-infused sales, leadership, recruiting, and account management training? Contact us to get the conversation started.


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