Women really do talk more than men. They use an average of 20,000 words a day, compared to the mere 7,000 that men utter.
You can measure talkativeness by getting people into a lab, give them a topic to discuss and then record their conversations. Or you can try getting them to record their everyday conversations at home. You can count up the total number of words spoken, the time each person spends talking, or the average number of words spoken in a single turn.
Women use an average of 20,000 words a day, compared to the mere 7,000 that men utter. Now scientists have found the key to explain why women are more talkative.
A study just published attributes this to higher levels of the protein found in the female brain.
A higher amount of the Foxp2 protein is the reason women are chattier. The research team at the University of Maryland says a "language protein" named Foxp2 is more prevalent in women's brains. The protein was first discovered a decade ago and was deemed to be a key neurological component of speech.
Scientists say it is a lot more abundant in girls than boys. They believe the protein is the reason why girls start speaking earlier and more quickly than boys.