Prepare your grain of salt: psychologist Geoffrey Beattie of Manchester University reviewed fifty-six studies of male and female communication and found that only two showed women to be the more talkative sex, contrary to popular belief. The professor then conducted his own study, recording fifty conversations on various topics, before giving volunteers scripts of the chats with every fifth word omitted, asking them to fill in the missing spaces, Mad Libs-style.

According to the professor, the words spoken by women were harder to guess, due to their more thoughtful use of language. In paying compliments, for example, men would use more bland, generalized words such as "nice" and "good," sounding like they couldn't get to the televised game fast enough. A typical compliment from a man might be "You look really nice today," where a woman was likelier to say, "I really love your jacket. Where did you buy it?" which more than one stand-up comedian has made hay of in his act.

In the end, men's words could be guessed 81% of the time, as opposed to 71% for the women. When it came to talking about current events though, men and women were found to be verbal equals. Summing it up, Professor Beattie stated:

"It is men who are more likely to talk for the sake of talking when engaged in social chitchat by recycling their words with ritualistic and redundant language that doesn't contain new information."

So instead of a "chatty cathy," perhaps we should be referring to a "chatty matty."

Commentarium (13 Comments)

Feb 18 11 - 4:11pm

My BS meter just pegged. No way can men correctly guess what women said more than a tiny percent of the time. Most men can't even guess what women said when we are supplied ALL the words.

Feb 19 11 - 10:33pm

Think you mean "pinged." Meters don't really peg.

Feb 20 11 - 12:44am

Pegged can mean at or exceeding maximum. On meters where the indicator is a dial a peg can be placed at 100% or the maximum value to ensure the needle does not pass that value. So yes pegged is correct. If you are going to correct someone make sure you actually are correct.
That being said, the example of a woman's comment is twice as long as the man's comment (10 words vs 5). Perhaps not the best choice.

Feb 20 11 - 12:50am

When the little needle hits the little peg and can't turn any further it's said to be "pegged";
maxed out.

Feb 18 11 - 4:14pm

My BS meter just pegged. No way can men correctly guess what women said - even if we get ALL the words.

Feb 18 11 - 4:15pm


Feb 18 11 - 5:57pm

Hahaha. I think you proved a point. Whose, on the other hand...

Feb 18 11 - 6:53pm

This article was really nice. You're a good writer.

Feb 18 11 - 7:27pm

Confirms my experience. Guys definitely take up more time talking than women. Just look at the Senate.

Feb 19 11 - 1:03am

Durrrr! we all know that women are the more sensitive to detail of the two sexes. At the same time, the woman's response will contain more variations of words therefore more words. Women definitely speak more words than men. What was this guys point again?

Feb 21 11 - 12:25am

I find this incredibly hard to believe.

Jul 23 11 - 1:37pm

I don't believe this article at all. This guy must have no social life because his own bullshit meter would of went off just by reading the study.

If the men knew there was a study going on, of course they are going to talk more than normal because they will want their words measured. In the real world however, there is no comparison as to who talks more. It's women hands down.

Sep 02 11 - 6:14pm

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