Thursday, July 05, 2007

He Said/She Said

There goes one more commonly held myth:
The gift of gab is spread equally among both sexes, according to a new study that rebutts the long-held belief that women talk significantly more than men.

Strapping small digital recorders to some 396 university students - split about equally by gender - U.S. researchers found that their subject women spoke an average16,215 words a day, compared to 15,699 for the men.

The difference between those two numbers, reported today in the journal Science, is considered statistically insignificant.

I'll have much, much more to say about this later.


Karen said...


Steve V said...


Anonymous said...

Hmm where did the idea come from then? Interesting?

Karen said...

Ohhh, there is a conversation here. A dangerous one perhaps, but interesting.

Steve V said...

"there is a conversation here"

You start, I'll just listen :)

Anonymous said...

Can you say neurological linguistic development?

I knew you could.

By and large girl children develop language much sooner than boys. Across almost all language groups.

Little boys hate being told anything and since they get fluent earlier it's usually girls telling them stuff.

Fast forward to adulthood. If there is such a thing.

Now boys can talk too - sort of - but they still can recall a time when those girls could talk rings around them.

So we invented a meme about girls talking too much.

Then we started talking about it every chance we got.

Presto Bingo a myth is born.

Bite me. I like it.

Anonymous said...

Ah - who cares? Nothing better or productive or helpful to study?