Who Talks More, Men or Women?

Living 2012/06/27 18:00:00
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At risk of sounding stereotypical here, it does seem like women gab a whole lot more than men do. But according to a recent study, POWERFUL men talk more than powerful women do. Ah.

Here's the latest, brought to you in the Administrative Science Quarterly by Yale faculty member Victoria L. Brescoll:

--In a study of United States senators, more powerful male senators talked a lot more than less powerful male senators. But powerful female senators did not talk more than less powerful female senators. What gives?

--An analysis of a similar experiment suggested that powerful women hesitated to talk more out of fear that they would be seen as less likable, "out of line," domineering and too controlling, and that they would lose power and be less effective. Was this study taken in the 1950s or what?

--In a third study, talkative male CEO candidates were rated as more suitable for leadership than less talkative ones, but quieter female candidates were rated more highly. Ladies, it seems like we still have a way to go toward that glass ceiling -- even in Congress!
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  • Heaven 2012/06/27 16:26:48
    I'm a girl and I know I talk a lot especially if you're a teenage girl. Girls have to give their opinion while boys sit back and just take whatever is thrown at them until they get ticked off.

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  • John Cognito22 2012/06/29 20:20:35
    Hey, I thought you were addressing Drug Free when you wrote, "OMG shut up" I was just agreeing with you when I said Ditto. Thought you meant that Drug Free was just going on and on about something silly and not really important. Did you read the entire thing Drug Free wrote. I didn't. I agreed with you when you said OMG shut up. But I did think your reply to him was funny as could be. That's why I agreed with you. --------------NOW, would you listen to me. I'm going on and on as much as Drug Free. You may now tell me, OMG shut up, and I will
  • Brony4Life Drug Free 2012/06/28 04:46:53
    ... you, sir, are the definition of irony.

    I'm going to presume you're a guy. You're saying women talk the most...

    Do you even REALIZE you probably spent a good chunk of your time DEDICATED to writing this ESSAY of a response with so-called "proof"??

    Please return to your hole in the ground and shut it.
  • John Brony4Life 2012/06/28 06:13:08
  • Drug Free Brony4Life 2012/06/30 15:26:34
    Drug Free
    Yes dear we will have your medications ready soon enough.
    Meantime just relax as the doctor will be with you soon.
  • Brony4Life Drug Free 2012/08/27 06:31:10
    Oh eat me.

    pony screw you gif
  • FIDAN Ylee Drug Free 2012/06/28 11:51:53
    FIDAN Ylee
    are u sure??
  • Drug Free FIDAN Ylee 2012/06/30 15:29:24
  • NeitoJo 2012/06/28 03:26:59
    Women, of course. But I love to listen to them talk because it's fun.
  • *goodbye* 2012/06/28 03:16:52
    Most I know need clamps to not talk
  • Tannenberg1993 2012/06/28 02:50:02
    I'm the loudmouth at my workplace, though.
  • maddyflorian 2012/06/28 02:17:48
    i would say it's equal actually. some people are outgoing, some are shy, it really depends on their personality, not their gender.
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/06/28 02:09:25
    It really depends on the man or the woman. My husband and I enjoy talking for hours sometimes.
  • annaliese loves vampires 2012/06/28 01:58:50 (edited)
    annaliese loves vampires
    We just talk alot
  • Clay Slayer *Shotgun Guru 2012/06/28 01:56:39
    Clay Slayer *Shotgun Guru
    My wife and I listen to a lot of ppl and def men talk more. They cant keep their mouths shut, so ladies, watch yourself when speaking of others in front of a man. he will blab, and he will blab about you as well, in ALL areas of you life together.
  • ll 2012/06/28 01:48:15
    hey some guys like it..
  • mae 2012/06/28 01:30:37
  • *goodbye* mae 2012/06/28 03:17:38
    What proof do you have?
  • mae *goodbye* 2012/06/28 18:57:48
    Men...Worst Gossips Ever. No woman can last against men who have a grudge against her. Talk about group dynamics? Then look at a few men who group together to destroy a woman in her workplace, family, community, church etc. They dig up dirt, and manufacture more sh*t than any woman would ever dream of doing. Men are as Devious as they come.
  • *goodbye* mae 2012/06/28 19:41:05 (edited)
    Maybe it's just Americans…
  • mae *goodbye* 2012/06/28 20:53:50
    Hhmmm..... men stone women for a lot less in Africa and the Middle East, and per recent reports, Indonesia, BUT-- only after gossiping about her to the point of inciting the necessary male-based quorum to require her 'mandatory rocking' or, burying her up to her neck in mud, then throwing rocks at her head. Men win the Malicious Gossips contest-hands down, the Dirtiest players anywhere.
  • *goodbye* mae 2012/06/29 02:04:29
    I'm from Russia
  • mae *goodbye* 2012/06/29 20:34:58
  • zionosp... mae 2012/07/13 19:46:21
    Please don't confuse Islam with being male.
  • mae zionosp... 2012/07/14 22:14:05 (edited)
    ?? What ? Islam is a religion--a religious philosophy that Some Males follow, But NOT All Males follow Islam , AND I know what a Male is. Don't take My answers to Your next level. I'm not part of Your perceptions.
  • zionosp... mae 2012/07/16 06:35:32
    Do you know of any non-Muslim men who bury women up to their necks and throw stones at their heads? Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia have one thing in common, and it's not how much the men gossip. It's a specific ideology. The women are punished for violating a specific set of laws, not because men are a bunch of loose-lipped gossips.

    As for not being a part of my perceptions, I am afraid I don't understand. If I didn't perceive you, I could not have responded. Without perception, no Sodahead, no internet.

    Sorry for taking things to my "next level", but it's a cool level, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the level boss. Good Luck! ( ´∀`)
  • mae zionosp... 2012/07/16 18:19:17
    Since Islam is a male dominated religion/philosohy, I contend your well worded diatribe is full of hot air. Men Gossip. Islamic men gossip, as do Christian men, Buddhist men, in fact, men of ALL religions gossip. Atheist men gossip. Men of every nationality gossip. The desire to partake in, and listen to gossip is as much part of the male psychological make-up as it is for females. Do you gossip up there on your Flying Sphagetti Monster Level? Tell the truth, now, Zionosphere. ;-)
  • sunshine 2012/06/28 01:18:53
    Well I do believe we do, hahaha!
  • Ozymandias 2012/06/28 01:16:12
  • ☆ QueenAline 2012/06/28 01:11:04
    ☆ QueenAline
    We are natural born communicators....
  • skyebrand 2012/06/28 01:07:37
    In my house it is us girls! Poor hubby really has no chance of either getting a word in or getting near the bathroom in the morning...but that is a whole other survey!
  • Eyes See Wide North 2012/06/28 01:04:55 (edited)
    Eyes See Wide North
    Again an individual trait, when you enable someone to talk you will find that the only people who talk and talk, are telling you complete lies.

    However, In a social setting with an equal amount of men and women, it again depends on the individuals, but the outspoken man will get the preference as a males voice is louder and most often more easy on the ear.

    This is not an opinion question, my answer is fact.
  • Twinkle 2012/06/28 00:42:09
    Woman I do talk a lot men not that much.
  • Jwrdy 2012/06/28 00:35:56
  • Farbiger 2012/06/28 00:27:58
    Eh, sometimes it's true. But there are some males who just straight up rap about nothing. Yeah, you know who you are. >.>
  • Eyes Se... Farbiger 2012/06/28 01:07:29
    Eyes See Wide North
    Men will lie (bullsh*t) and have lied a million times more than most women.

    We make up for it by not lying about our appearance with make-up, we also do not travel to the toilets in groups to talk dirt about our company.
  • Farbiger Eyes Se... 2012/06/28 06:07:33
    Hey~! ): I only wear mascara, and I can go to the bathroom by myself. But yeah, some girls just have too much drama. That's why I've been a tom boy since elementary.
  • Eyes Se... Farbiger 2012/06/28 06:09:04
    Eyes See Wide North
    Tom boys are cool, I have a lot of Tom boy friends, they are better men than many men I know, while still managing to maintain there sexy identity.
  • xxx 2012/06/28 00:15:10
    All the guys I have around me talk too much. Sometimes I sit there and pretend i'm listening to them when really i'm not. My bf talks a lot too when sometimes I like the silence. I'm a talker as well but... I don't think as much
  • Eyes Se... xxx 2012/06/28 01:09:43
  • xxx Eyes Se... 2012/06/28 01:46:29
    I usually just stare striaght ahead or continue doing whatever I'm doing with answers like mmhmm. I have a lot of people that talk at me rather then too me. Some are smart enough to say "You're not listening are you?". The others are clueless to their own BS and generally just want to feel like their talking about their issues with someone. Those people are usually co-workers I dont care about.

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