Men more likely to gossip than women – survey

Forget the assumption that women are the biggest gossips – a new survey out today concludes men are by far the worst culprits.

A fifth of those asked said they spent at least three hours a day gossiping – mainly at work – with the main topics including women colleagues and who is in line for promotion.

One in 10 men like to dish the dirt on other people, compared with 4% of women, while more men than women are guilty of spreading rumours, according to the poll.

Some 55% of men said they gossiped at work, compared with 46% of women whose top topics were family feuds, followed by the latest storyline in EastEnders, old school friends, fashion errors and what neighbours are like.

Among men the favourite subject is old school friends, then the sexiest girl at work, promotions, salaries, and finally their best friend’s conquest, the survey found.

At home, 17% of men confess they were more interested in pillow talk than sex, with only 10% of women saying the same. However, a fifth of girlfriends and wives said they preferred to gossip with a mate than their partner.

The poll of 1,033 adults conducted last month across the country.

It was carried out by BMRB Research on behalf of BT’s new Buzz-In facility, which allows up to 20 people to talk with one another on the same line at the same time.

David Sales, director of BT Conferencing, said: “Our research shows that, as a nation, we’re fascinated with gossip, whether it’s about work, our love lives or the latest soap.

“Yet it’s men who are more likely to gossip the day away, dispelling the myth that women are the only ones who like to spend hours chin wagging.”


Women Better than Men in Recognizing People!


A new research from McMaster University suggests women can remember faces much better

than men, in part because they spend more time studying features without even knowing it, and a technique researchers say can help improve anyone’s memories.

Canadians researchers used a special eye-tracking technology to monitor where study participants looked, when they were shown a series of different faces on the screen of the computer. Each face was given a name that the researchers asked participants to remember.
A group of participants took the test in one day, while another group was given about 4 days to complete the test. Women in the one-day experiment had a much better memory of the faces they had seen compared with men, the researchers said. The ladies’ advantage was subtler over the four-day experiment.
Eye-tracking technology used during the tests could explain the sex difference. The women in the study focused on the facial features far more than men in the images presented to them, the researchers found.
“We found that women fixated on the features far more than men, but this strategy operates completely outside of our awareness. Individuals don’t usually notice where their eyes fixate, so it’s all subconscious,” said Jennifer Heisz, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University,
The results open the possibility that changing our eye movement pattern may lead to better memory. It means anyone can be taught to scan more and potentially have better memory.
“The results open the possibility that changing our eye movement pattern may lead to better memory. Increased scanning may prove to be a simple strategy to improve face memory in the general population, especially for individuals with memory impairment like older adults,” Heisz concluded.
What do you think about this research? Have ever noticed that a lot of men find it tricky to remember faces?
P.S. By the way, do you know what word “Prosopagnosia” means? Prosopagnosia or “face blindness” is a condition where the affected person can’t recognize faces. The condition affects about 2 percent of the world’s population!