It’s a research that is likely to leave men speechless — males, not females, are chatterboxes. International researchers have carried out a study and found that men out-talk women, dispelling the long-held myth that females cannot stop chattering.
“Men’re significantly more talkative than women. Gender differences in talkativeness may reflect a tendency among some men to control the conversational floor when interacting with women,” the ‘Daily Mail’ reported today, quoting lead researcher Campbell Leaper as saying.
In fact, the team came to the conclusion after analysing the results of three studies, involving 4,380 volunteers, into the way men and women use language.
The researchers found that men were more talkative in certain situations, such as when they talk to groups of people, or to their wives and girlfriends, or strangers — their findings have been reported in the ‘Personality and Social Psychology Review’ journal.
But women were found to chat more when talking to friends and children. The researchers found that when women talk to strangers they’re likely to find common ground and interests while men focus on trying to influence the listener.
According to the team, the differences are cultural, not biological.
“These findings compellingly debunk simplistic stereotypes about gender differences in language use. The notion that the female brain is built to systematically out-talk men is hard to square with the finding that gender differences appear and disappear, depending on the interaction context,” Leaper was quoted as saying.
— Article compiled by Dr. Vimmi from medical news release.