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Boys vs Girls: differences in gender communication

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Cassie Tingen

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Transcript of Boys vs Girls: differences in gender communication

Boys vs Girls: differences in communication
Conversations between
boys

Interaction!
The differences in
Boy
-
Girl
Communication
Gossip between women

Rapport

Report
Men in conversation:
Desire maintaining social status and avoiding social failure
desire information
try to be the 'superior authority'
Get to the point, desire efficiency, less consultation
Brain focuses on one thing at a time

Women in conversation:
Desire a personal connection and maintaining an emotional bond
desire intimacy
try to avoid a ‘superior authority’
Desire consensus, try to please everybody
Brain focuses on many things
Female : "Where should we go for vacation?"

Male : "I want to go to the ocean."

Female: "Really? What do you think of the mountains? Don't you think they're beautiful this time of year?"

Male: "Yeah, but I'd like to do some fishing and sailing."

Female: "You like hiking, don't you? Why don't we do some mountain biking, too?"

Male : "Yeah, whatever."


Female : "Why do we have to eat here?"

Male : "It's convenient."

Female: "Are there any quieter restaurants nearby?"

Male : "Not close by."

Female:"I wonder if this place has been inspected lately?"

Male:"Let's go in."
Male: "Where are the bandages? I cut my-"

Female : "Huh?"

Male : "I was working on the-"

Female: "Ooh, it's bleeding a lot."

Male : "I know, that's why-"

Female: "Here are the bandages. Do you want-"

Male: "I'll do it."

Female: "I could-"

Male : "What are we doing for dinner?"
Why do women gossip?
- Social bonding
- Power
- Addiction
- Obligation
- "To get it off your chest'
What's gossip?
"Conversation about personal matters: conversation about the personal details of people's lives, whether rumor or fact, especially malicious"
http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/The-Truth-About-Gossip-Video
Textual analysis
The data was recorded in the private bedroom in the home where two friends lived together with four other people. The bedroom was chosen as it is a usual place where the two choose to converse privately and the private domain, according to Coates (1996) and Tannen (1991), is where women's talk is allowed to flourish.
Female conversation:
- Repetition
- Finishing each other's sentences
- Minimal responses

Proposition
:
Women talk much more than men do
status
aggressive language, powerful talking
not personal
less details and emotions
(Stanford.edu)
Textual Analysis:

A: now omw home man, coming to you when i'm home
B: be here at 11 pm
A: yeahh if I can make that
B: when you're latksdf that's ok as well
A: latksdf?
B: *later
A: can see writing is already too difficult for you
B: yes
A: poor baby
A: just got home, takin a shit, then coming
B: ok
Influence of the childhood on communication

- girls taught to be lady-like and proper
- boys play loudly
"he's just being a boy"
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