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Biological Evidence on Talking

By February 22, 2013

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News today about who talks more was heard differently by Bob and I. Although he saw the topic as very important, Bob was immediately defensive and I was in "aha!" mode. Bob said what was pulling on him even though he knew it wasn't right was a sense of being competitive and he just didn't want to hear about the study.

In our marriage, the fact that I chatter on and on has not been a big issue for us because when I need him to talk with me, he does. For some couples though, ironically, the concern about a husband not talking enough with his wife is something that needs to be talked about! So what did the study say?


Men can now attribute having less language protein (FoxP2) than women for why they speak an average of 7,000 words a day while women speak about 20,000 words a day.

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine report the "findings could lead to a greater understanding of sex differences in language acquisition." Others disagree with the idea that women talk more than men.

Mike Bowers: "We can't say that this is the end-all-be-all reasoning, but it is one of the first avenues with which we can start to explore why women tend to be more verbal than men," lead researcher Mike Bowers told Today.
Source: "Biological Evidence May Support Idea That Women Talk More Than Men, Study Says." HuffingtonPost.com. 2/21/2013.

Remember though -- this biological evidence does not let men off the hook when it comes to communicating with their wives!

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