Sunday, August 14, 2011

Debunking the Chattiness Stereotype Yet Again

Nope. Nope. Nope. Double nope. Any time you see a book or article repeat the claim that women talk three times as much as men, or 20k words to men's 7k, throw out the book or article. The author likely pulled lots of information out of... ahem... the air rather than out of solid research. Numerous experiments have debunked this popular myth of the self-help movement.

"Thus, the data fail to reveal a reliable sex difference in daily word use. Women and men both use on average about 16,000 words per day, with very large individual differences around this mean."


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