Are women really more talkative than men?

Science. 2007 Jul 6;317(5834):82. doi: 10.1126/science.1139940.


Women are generally assumed to be more talkative than men. Data were analyzed from 396 participants who wore a voice recorder that sampled ambient sounds for several days. Participants' daily word use was extrapolated from the number of recorded words. Women and men both spoke about 16,000 words per day.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Characteristics*
  • Verbal Behavior*