Do Women Talk More Than Men?
If you believe urban legend and cultural stereotypes, women use an average of 20,000 words a day. Men? 7,000.
Newest data, recently published in Science, would suggest that men don't necessarily talk less than women.
Mehl and Pennebaker et al looked at 396 college students and measured the number of words they used in a day.
Women, 16,215. Men, 15,669.
Men on average spoke 546 words less, which was not statistically different.
But there was a 45,000 word difference between the most and the least talkative persons. So it's not a matter of women talking more than men. Talkative people just talk more than non-talkative people. Maybe we're just programmed to think that women talk more so we notice a chatty woman more than we notice a chatty man...
Or maybe there are changes as people age. There certainly are couples where one person is the talker and the other is the listener - but are more of the talkers women?
Just think, if you study that, you TOO can be published in Science.