How often do you pay attention to how many words you say in a day? I think it is safe to say that none of us keep a count of that statistic. However, there have been studies done of the topic. According to those, women speak more than men. I read “Who Does the Talking Here?” by Deborah Tannen and had a revelation of my own. Women may not be the “talkers” society claims us to be. Tannen’s approach is that we must examine the context of the conversation. Ask ourselves, “What’s the situation? What are the speakers using words for?”. In reflecting on how when I talk the most, I fall into the category of “speaking to intimates and focusing on personal experience”. If I am having a conversation with a male, I tend to use specific detail in telling the simplest story. I have even been called out for doing so. I share more than the person needs to know to understand what I am talking about. On the other hand, men will tell me facts instead of feelings or opinions on whatever it is we are talking about. They are straight to the point, nothing more. Even if I throw in more details while communicating, it is all contextual. When men begin talking about sports or a movie I am unfamiliar with, of course they will dominate the conversation. (No, not all women are ignorant of sports.) I know that if I start talking about the last episode of Gossip Girl, I will leave nothing left to the imagination. Men and women communicate differently. I agree with Tannen that the statistic of who uses more words, all depends on when, where, and what the interaction happens.