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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  • Captain... Brony4Life 2012/06/30 11:56:07
    Captain Pikachu ~ CEO of HTFO
    Yeah, because I had saw her "opinion" on another question and stumbled across her opinion on this site. I don't know what your problem is, but I think it's a little ridiculous it's not even like I full on attacked her I just criticized her and you feel like it's your duty to jump to her "rescue"....... I mean wow. It's the internet
  • Brony4Life Captain... 2012/06/28 04:49:28
    Morality is an entirely different subject, you know. If you don't agree with her, then tough.
  • sharon smol czynski 2012/06/27 15:57:32
    sharon  smol czynski
    My dad never shuts up
  • Michael 2012/06/27 15:56:44
    Ignoring power and corporate issues, women talk a LOT more. In fact, simply being silent is not in the makeup of most women. They seem to need to fill silence with chatter whenever it's encountered. I've read somewhere that women talk to make a connection, while men talk to convey information. This has been my experience.
  • ben 2012/06/27 15:52:55
    Women's brains are wired different. More observant and detail oriented at an early age. So opinions are formed early in life... so much to talk about.... so little time. Lol... :-))
  • I AM A TROUBLEMAKER 2012/06/27 15:52:14
    known fact...........
  • musicman95 2012/06/27 15:50:39
    I'm a man and I talk constantly!
  • Queen Katherine 2012/06/27 15:50:30
    Queen Katherine
    As a woman I can confirm this.
  • Aingean 2012/06/27 15:43:05
    We have the gift of gab, some more then others.
  • Sista Nunya 2012/06/27 15:43:03
  • john Sista N... 2012/06/28 11:29:35
    you may be right hon....
  • Sista N... john 2012/06/28 11:33:07 (edited)
  • john Sista N... 2012/06/28 11:39:07
  • Sista N... john 2012/06/28 11:41:21
  • Sister Jean 2012/06/27 15:42:20
    Sister Jean
  • Gerald 2012/06/27 15:38:32
    Who talks more, men or women? Women never STOP talking. I'm not a math major, but I don't think there can be "more than infinity". But if there is....that would describe the capacity that women have for talking. And besides, men don't "talk". Men usually "grunt".
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/06/27 15:38:18
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    chatty kathies

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