February 17, 2007KR BlogUncategorized

Gossip

Perhaps even more surprising is that, contrary to popular belief, researchers have found very little difference between men and women in terms of the amount of time spent gossiping. In one study, both sexes devoted the same amount of conversation time to social topics such as personal relationships (about 65 per cent), in another the difference was found to be quite small, with gossip accounting for 55 per cent of male conversation time and 67 per cent of female time. (As sport and leisure have been shown to occupy about 10 per cent of conversation time, discussion of football could well account for the difference.)

Males were certainly found to be no more likely to discuss ‘important’ subjects such as politics, work, art, academic matters, etc. than women ??? except (and this was a striking difference) when women were present. On their own, men gossip, with only 0-5 per cent of conversation time devoted to non-social subjects such as work, politics, cultural matters, etc. It is only in mixed-sex groups ??? where there are women to impress ??? that the proportion of male conversation time devoted to these more ‘highbrow’ subjects increases dramatically, to 15-20 per cent.

I can’t say I’m surprised, just satisfied. More here. (Via AL Daily)