I’ve always believed that women talk more than men. I don’t know why. I’ve just had this belief for many years, even though I’ve been together with a man who talks more than I do.
If I had to come to conclusions about men and women’s talking habits based on my personal experience, I would say that men talked 50% to 70% more than women. Yet I still think women talk more. I think I have held this belief since childhood, because there is a social belief that women talk too much and I never bothered to question it.
In my parents’ house, my mom didn’t talk more than my dad. There were four sisters in the house, and we definitely talked more than our brother, who was very quiet. I always just thought my personal circumstances were different from the average.
When I got married, I thought I was just not a typical woman and my husband, Gal, was not a typical man. But maybe this is how you see yourself and your partner, too…
Recently, I read about a study done in 2007 to determine if women talk more than men or not (I should have questioned my beliefs back then). The researchers recorded conversations of 400 male and female university students over periods of 2 to 10 days and the results were surprising.
Women in the study spoke a daily average of 16,215 words and men spoke an average of 15,699. As you can probably tell, women did indeed speak more than men, but statistically, this difference is not significant. The conclusion from the study was that men are just as talkative as women.
What do you think is the difference is in your personal circumstances?
Do women speak more than men?
Remember to listen more than you talk!