Talk Talk Talk

July 5, 2007

Researchers at the University of Arizona determine that men and women are equally chatty.

In a series of studies conducted over six years, Mehl and the others recorded the conversations of nearly 400 U.S. and Mexican male and female university students.

To catch all of this chit-chat, they developed an electronically-activated recorder (with the fortuitous acronym EAR) that digitally, and unobtrusively, logged the daily conversations of those who wore the device.

The results: women in the study spoke a daily average of 16,215 words during their waking hours, versus an average of 15,669 words for men.

An average of 16,000 words per day???? Holy jumping, I must be a much bigger recluse than I thought. In a 16 hour day that works out to one word every 3.6 seconds. That is average.

“What’s a 500-word difference, compared to the 45,000-word difference between the most and the least talkative persons? Just to illustrate the magnitude of difference, among the three most talkative males in the study, one used 47,000 words. The least talkative male spoke just a little more than 500,” Mehl said.

Ack!!!! 47,000? Did he ever shut up? The study spanned 6 years… I’m assuming each person was tracked for quite some time. 47,000. The HORROR.


3 Responses to “Talk Talk Talk”

  1. Anu Says:

    Reminds me of The Horror i felt when my supposed best friend asked me “don’t you ever shut up”?? and on another occasion while canoeing “I know you will shut up eventually then I can enjoy the peace”… remind why i am still friends with you Rad?? ;-)

  2. RAD Says:

    Yes, and ironically you’ve never STOPPED TALKING ABOUT IT. Sheesh.

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