The Mystery of Talkativeness Reveled
Everywhere and anywhere people are surrounded by people that are constantly talking. Whether walking down the street, entering a restaurant, going to work, watching TV, listening to the news, no matter what activity one might be involved in, conversations are always around and hard to be avoided. However, these conversations held by men and women lead to the question: who talks the most? Women or men? This question has encouraged many studies where some researchers believe that women talk more than men, and some believe in quite the opposite. Furthermore, it is commonly known that historically and traditionally women talk more than men. But this information is not enough to conclude that males are less chatty and conversationalist than women. However, based on the article “the party line” by Rachel Rafelman and “women talk to much” by Janet Holmes, men and women have no difference on how much they talk because their amount of talk is equal.
In her article, Janet Holmes refers to many myths and proverbs about women and their addiction to “talk” more than enough. For instance, the proverb “the North Sea will sooner be found wanting in water than a women at a loss for words”(299). However providing a great deal of research evidence, she refuses to believe the myth and explains that it is not convincing in the real life. She states that, “despite the widespread belief that women talk more than men, most evidences suggest the opposite”(301). In this way, many of these evidences make it clear and obvious that the question “do women talk more than men” can not be answered by a simple yes or no.
On the other hand, Rachel Rafelman shows how men and women are more comfortable talking with their own gender than the opposite one. In order to strengthen her claim she brings real life experience by participating in a party for the opening of a new arts center. While being at the party, she witnesses a gender split where men talk...