Here, we find that in the collaborative context, women were much more likely to be physically proximate to other women and were also significantly more talkative than men, especially in small groups. In contrast, there were no gender-based differences in the non-collaborative setting. Our results highlight the importance of objective measurement in the study of human behaviour, here enabling us to discern context specific, gender-based differences in interaction style.
Interestingly enough, who talked more was generally determined by the social setting more than anything else. Women were more likely to talk both in smaller groups, and when there was a potential collaboration of some kind. So something like a group of 3-4 people trying to divvy up work on a project was very female dominated. Whereas men seemed to talk more as the group expanded. They were the ones droning on 'blah blah blah' and making you want to strangle someone in big meetings.
So what do you think of the study?
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So my take home from this is that if you want your wife to be quiet you should by all means avoid being in a small group where you want to accomplish something. Which unfortunately sounds suspiciously like a typical household setting...