Men jabber more than women

February 18th, 2011 - 5:41 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 18 (IANS) Contrary to popular beliefs, men jabber more than women, says a new research. Psychologist Geoffrey Beattie, professor at Manchester University, reviewed 56 studies on male and female communication and discovered that 24 concluded that men used more words per day - while only two pointed to women being the more talkative sex.

Beattie then carried out his own study, recording 50 conversations on a variety of topics before giving volunteers scripts of the exchanges with every fifth word missing and asking them to fill in the gaps, the Daily Mail reports.

The words spoken by women were harder to guess because they used language more carefully, said the professor.

For example, when paying compliments, men tended to rely on bland and, therefore, more predictable words, such as ‘nice’ and ‘good’.

A typical male compliment might be: “You look really nice today.” A woman, however, would be more likely to say: “I really love your jacket. Where did you buy it?”

Overall, the words men used could be guessed 81 percent of the time, compared with 71 percent for women.

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