Linguistics
22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 0
Gender Differences in Talking Behaviors – A Survey from Different Perspectives

Introduction

Everyday experiences tell us that boys and girls talk differently. In terms of intention, boys, for instance, tend to use language to top each other, while girls tend to use it to show that they are actually the same. In terms of body behavior during conversations, boys tend to move around and avoid direct eye contact, while girls tend to be more focused and look at each other in the eyes. In terms of the words used in conversations, boys tend to use more technical jargons, whereas girls tend to explain ideas in more layman terms.

These differences are often misunderstood as boys’ being aggressive or inattentive, but as we will see, many of them can actually be explained and thus understood in a more neutral way.

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