Men like to believe that most, if not all, women talk too much, but there’s no conclusive evidence of that. In fact, different studies yield different results. But in a recent study, researchers used sociometers, which are small recording devices used to capture convos in a more natural setting, and found the answer depends on the situation.
The researchers used the devices to observe two settings: One was on the first day of a week-long collaborative exercise in a master’s degree program. The other was during a lunch break at a call center. In the academic setting, women were indeed more talkative, but only in smaller groups. In groups larger than six, the men talked more. And during the call center’s lunch hour, women were only slightly chattier than men, by about 4 percent.
So there you have it. Women aren’t always the chattier bunch.