What to say? This study finds men are wired differently then women and this results in women talking more.
In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day – 13,000 more than the average man.
Women also speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat – and actually get a buzz out of hearing their own voices, a new book suggests.
The book – written by a female psychiatrist – says that inherent differences between the male and female brain explain why women are naturally more talkative than men.
In The Female Mind, Dr Luan Brizendine says women devote more brain cells to talking than men.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the simple act of talking triggers a flood of brain chemicals which give women a rush similar to that felt by heroin addicts when they get a high.
I am a talking addict!
Call me a skeptic, but most studies that claim women are one way and men are another are a) geared to make women look like they are at fault for some constructed difference and b) usually have flawed methodology with little literature or cultural analysis to back up their view point. WIthout EVER interrogating that their findings are sexist, because the researcher themself might actually be sexist.
That said this researcher is a woman and a self proclaimed feminist. But either way, some thoughts. . .
What about women that donâ€™t talk a lot and men that do. Are they acting outside of their gender role? Where do they fit into such a sweeping study? Are they just variables?
There are, however, advantages to being the strong, silent type. Dr Brizendine explains that testosterone also reduces the size of the section of the brain involved in hearing – allowing men to become “deaf” to the most logical of arguments put forward by their wives and girlfriends.
But what the male brain may lack in converstation and emotion, they more than make up with in their ability to think about sex.
That is just a little too convenient isn’t it? What about women that have more testosterone? Do they also lose their ability to process their emotions as well?
Any study that functions in sweeping generalizations about how men are and women are inherently, are usually overlooking too many variables to actually be effective research, in my VERY humble opinion.
Seriously, how do you account for actual biological differences and differences in socialization? If we start to believe that women just naturally talk more then men, then donâ€™t men benefit from not having to talk, when in a lot of circumstances they need to be talking. Like tell me he is just wired to talk less, not that he is an asshole wielding male priviledge through silence.
The only benefit I see of this study is that when men tell women to shut up they need to check themselves. â€œBaby, I was just wired that way. . . â€?
I don’t really know if it is biological differences that may cause some women to be more talkative then some men, but again I think biology is one part of a much bigger story.