I can’t remember if I read it somewhere or if someone told me that apparently women use about 20,000 words a day and men use 7,000 and that woman from some cultures, for example Italian ladies, use even more. I have to admit that I found it believable but was guilty of stereotyping. However, upon doing further research I’ve learned that this has been discredited and that men and women tend to talk about the same amount and it depends on other variables such as the amount of time they spend in the company of others. This is the bit that I found interesting.
I tend to spend a large part of my day on my own. Don’t feel sorry for me, I like my own company. In the morning I have about 45 minutes with my husband and daughter before she goes to nursery and he goes into the city for work. Then the rest of the morning is spent on the computer, working and gassing until I head out to work. I’m an independent IT consultant in education. On average I drive between 2-3 hours with an hour and a half of training in between. This is really my only human contact during the day until my husband and daughter return.
So is this why I tweet so much? After some careful calculations we worked out that I tweet about 3000 words a day. Is it a chance to get my daily quota of words out? Is this why my friends think I’m a foghorn when I see them? Is this why I pounce on my husband when he comes in from work and natter his ear off?