Gender Communication Styles

Essay by paulsannaA, March 2006

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Gender differences in communicational styles. I selected this topic because I thought it would be interesting to find what types of communication differences in styles men and woman are faced with. I found that there are basically two types of communication, verbal and nonverbal. While I was in the process of doing my research, I came across something that was interesting. It was a quiz on Gender Communications that contained eighteen statements. It basically wanted to find out how much do we know about how men and women communicate. If you thought a statement was a true description of communication patterns, you would then mark it true, if it weren't then it would be marked false. Then, trough the many different examples from life situations, I am going to demonstrate how these differences in communication styles affect understanding between genders. Particularly, I am going to concrete on verbal and nonverbal communication patterns.

Here are some examples of statements that were used: 1. Men talk more than women. This statement is true because despite the stereotype, the research is clear, in two person conversations, men talk more than their opponent of the time. 2. Men are more likely to interrupt women than to interrupt other men. True when women talk with other women, interruptions usually do not take place. When men talk with other men, interruptions are even. However, when men and women talk with one another, almost all interruptions are by male speakers. 3. During conversations, women spend more time looking at their partner than men do. True. One reason may be that men talk more and women listen more. Research shows that a listener of either gender looks more at a speaker than the speaker looks at the listener. Another possible reason women look more frequently at a partner...