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So Much for the Motormouth Myth

Posted on Jul 6, 2007
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Chatty gents and stoic gals can now rejoice as the scientific community validates their existence.

Finally, a gender-focused study that doesn’t fall prey to the hidden gender biases of its research team (a phenomenon that occurs all too frequently in concordance with a little-known, but often operative, adjunct to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle).

Los Angeles Times:

It turns out that women and men talk about the same amount—about 16,000 words a day, or 11 words a minute, researchers reported [Friday] in the journal Science.

“This [notion that women talk more than men] was one of these urban myths,” said senior author James Pennebaker, a psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. “No one knows where this belief even came from, but it’s been reported for years.”

Upon reading that women are thought to speak 20,000 words a day, and men a mere 7,000, Pennebaker and his colleagues set out to discover the truth.

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By z, July 8, 2007 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment


Your comment will probably be deleted soon but before it disappears I’d like to say on behalf of all of us normal well adjusted white males…go see your local shrink and if that doesn’t work try calling Dr. K, I’m sure he would be happy to help you.

Doesn’t the KKK have a website that you can share your ignorant thoughts with?  Leave this one to sane people.

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By Paul, July 7, 2007 at 1:14 am Link to this comment
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Unfortunately they chose college students, who almost by definition aren’t representative of the population by age, education, interests, social circle, hobbies, politics or a host of other factors.

The real question is if you put a man and a woman together who talks more.  And does that change if they’re married wink

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By great_satan, July 6, 2007 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment

In general, human beings talk too much and say very little.

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By buckle, July 6, 2007 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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what about numbers for hetrosexual males?

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By geo, July 6, 2007 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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Really? Huh.

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