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2013-02-20 01:32:43 PM  
Women do indeed do this. They also "tell" you things without actually doing so, then get angry when you forget.

For example, this past Sunday evening:

Wife: Jen wants to bra shopping. Maybe at Nordys.
Me: Nordys?
Wife: Nordstroms.
Me: That's the same amount of syllables.
Wife: (paraphrasing) They do all the fitting and sizing and what not

Monday afternoon
Wife: I'll head straight home after work.
Me: OK, as opposed to?
Wife: Going bra shopping
Me: didnt realize you had made a plan to that
Wife: i mentioned that yesterday. about going with Jen
Me: I know, you mentioned it, didn't know you had planned to do so today
Wife: well, no matter. it's not happening.
Me: OK
 
2013-02-20 01:53:58 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Me: That's the same amount of syllables.
Wife: (paraphrasing) They do all the fitting and sizing and what not


That right there is my favorite part of talking to a woman, where you bring up a point or a clarification, there's no acknowledgement of it - maybe an arched eyebrow at most - then she jumps three pages down the script into the middle of whatever she was talking about beforehand. Every conversation ends up being a jumbled stream of consciousness where you have to put the chronological pieces together like you're farking Indiana Jones.
 
2013-02-20 01:54:13 PM  
Article says women are better at small talk?  If the point at small talk is to say 20 gazillion words with no clear point and no single topic or direction then yes, women are great at small talk.  If the point is to kill time and actually learn something, men are better at small talk.

Here is a typical guy conversation:

Guy A: Hey GuyB what's up?
Guy B: Oh, just finished working on my water heater
Guy A: Oh, I couldn't fix mine, the dead hooker parts in my crawl space keep getting jammed up in there
Guy B: Yeah, you gotta be careful about that, here, let me show you how to optimize your central heating while still disposing of dead prostitutes
Guy A: Thanks GuyB, that will be very helpful

And now a typical Woman conversation:

WomanA: Hey WomanB, how are you today?
WomanB: I am great, I went shopping with WomanC and we bought 24 new shoes and after we bought the shoes we saw WomanD and WomanD is totally cheating on GuyB while he's working on the water heater and that's totally because she's a busybody biatch always wearing those tight sweaters and short skirts to work and I heard from WomanE that she had a nose job when she was a teenager, but you have to promise not to tell anyone, because I promised not to tell anyone when WomanE told me, oh and hey we should go to Burger King later even though we shouldn't because my thighs really don't need that but that Pilates class we started last week will burn it off and OH. MY. GOD. that instructor is so hot I want him to wear me like a pinky ring
 
2013-02-20 01:54:50 PM  
www.phdcomics.com

Or, specifically in this article:
1. The average woman talks more than the average man.
2. Male rat pups cry more than female rat pups, and they have twice as much of the protein FOXP2.
3. In a study of 10 human children, the females had more of the FOXP2 protein than the males.

... which is translated as "we discovered the protein that causes adult women to talk more!"
 
2013-02-20 01:56:39 PM  

Klippoklondike: Article says women are better at small talk?


No.
 
2013-02-20 02:00:51 PM  
So you're saying that if I give her more of my man-protein, she'll yack less?
 
2013-02-20 02:02:15 PM  

Theaetetus: Klippoklondike: Article says women are better at small talk?

No.


FTFA: "That said, the research also gives a reason for why women tend to be better at small talk."
 
2013-02-20 02:06:32 PM  
images.wikia.com

Yep.
 
2013-02-20 02:11:00 PM  

Klippoklondike: Theaetetus: Klippoklondike: Article says women are better at small talk?

No.

FTFA: "That said, the research also gives a reason for why women tend to be better at small talk."


And no, it doesn't. See above. Just because a journalist sucks doesn't mean you have to accept every word they said as gospel.
 
2013-02-20 02:12:45 PM  

Theaetetus: Klippoklondike: Theaetetus: Klippoklondike: Article says women are better at small talk?

No.

FTFA: "That said, the research also gives a reason for why women tend to be better at small talk."

And no, it doesn't. See above. Just because a journalist sucks doesn't mean you have to accept every word they said as gospel.


I'm not arguing that woman are better at small talk, I am arguing that the article stated they are.  No biggy.
 
2013-02-20 02:19:01 PM  

Klippoklondike: Theaetetus: Klippoklondike: Theaetetus: Klippoklondike: Article says women are better at small talk?

No.

FTFA: "That said, the research also gives a reason for why women tend to be better at small talk."

And no, it doesn't. See above. Just because a journalist sucks doesn't mean you have to accept every word they said as gospel.

I'm not arguing that woman are better at small talk, I am arguing that the article stated they are.  No biggy.


Indeed, your original post is pretty specific that you DON'T think women are better at small talk.
 
2013-02-20 02:23:58 PM  

Klippoklondike: Theaetetus: Klippoklondike: Theaetetus: Klippoklondike: Article says women are better at small talk?

No.

FTFA: "That said, the research also gives a reason for why women tend to be better at small talk."

And no, it doesn't. See above. Just because a journalist sucks doesn't mean you have to accept every word they said as gospel.

I'm not arguing that woman are better at small talk, I am arguing that the article stated they are.  No biggy.


Eh. It's terrible journalism, with the gender thing thrown in to sell headlines. It got clicks here.
 
2013-02-20 02:25:29 PM  
I'll communicate some extra protein to them - if you know what I mean...
 
2013-02-20 02:27:51 PM  
Evolutionary specialization artifacts.

Primitive men used to leave the family and their settlements to go on hunts.   Sometimes they'd be long, and they had to develop the ability to orient themselves and identify signs and landmarks to find their way around and get back home.  Not much verbalization required, but men developed better spatial skills and sense of direction.

Primitive women bore and raised children.  They developer keener interpersonal intuition.  They had to understand the non verbal clues coming from infants.  They also spent more time in the settlements dealing with others, sometimes having to communicate in pre-lingual ways.  They developed more complex language skills.
 
2013-02-20 02:41:16 PM  

Diogenes: Not much verbalization required, but men developed better spatial skills and sense of direction.


The verbalization that was required was also quite brief. "Look, mammoth" tended to lead to more kills than "Mammoth again? We had mammoth yesterday and the day before that, and you know I'm trying to fit into my new, cute wolf pelt for spring, and isn't it a little cold for this time of year? I talked to Thogette yesterday - oh, you know her - from the valley. They're so stuck up, I know, but Thogette said that the other day that her husband gave her a moose antler because he thought it was the winter equinox and they were like 'Excuse me? That is not how we celebrate the passing of the season in this cave.' So anyways, what was I talking about? Oh yeah..."

It's implied that the caveman in the second half of that story later died from a self-inflicted javelin wound to the head.
 
2013-02-20 02:43:14 PM  

Diogenes: Evolutionary specialization artifacts.

Primitive men used to leave the family and their settlements to go on hunts.   Sometimes they'd be long, and they had to develop the ability to orient themselves and identify signs and landmarks to find their way around and get back home.  Not much verbalization required, but men developed better spatial skills and sense of direction.

Primitive women bore and raised children.  They developer keener interpersonal intuition.  They had to understand the non verbal clues coming from infants.  They also spent more time in the settlements dealing with others, sometimes having to communicate in pre-lingual ways.  They developed more complex language skills.


Cool story, bro. It's a shame that it's not necessarily supported by  archaeology.

See also:
A vast amount of ethnographic and archaeological evidence demonstrates that the sexual division of labor in which men hunt and women gather wild fruits and vegetables is an uncommon phenomenon among hunter-gatherers worldwide. Although most of the gathering is usually done by women, a society in which men completely abstained from gathering easily available plants has yet to be found. Generally women hunt the majority of the small game while men hunt the majority of the large and dangerous game, but there are quite a few documented exceptions to this general pattern. A study done on the  people of the  states: "About 85% of Philippine Aeta women hunt, and they hunt the same quarry as men. Aeta women hunt in groups and with dogs, and have a 31% success rate as opposed to 17% for men. Their rates are even better when they combine forces with men: mixed hunting groups have a full 41% success rate among the Aeta."

and:
And what's particularly intriguing in the report is the fact that of the 22 observed cases of spear-fashioning, only one involved an adult male. Thirteen were carried out by females. (The other cases involved young males.) The scientists suggest that female apes played an important role not only in the development of tools for crushing nuts and catching insects and other kinds of foraging, but also for hunting. Among our earliest ancestors, females might have spent some of their time spearing prey.

and:
The common view that males only hunt and females only gather is false, however. For example, Australian females do considerable hunting of small animals,40 while males in many foraging societies collect honey
and gather fruit.41 Among some net foragers, such as the Aka, men and women hunt together.42
 
2013-02-20 03:05:00 PM  

Theaetetus: Cool story, bro. It's a shame that it's not necessarily supported by  archaeology.


What makes you think I was serious?   Too deadpan?
 
2013-02-20 03:07:51 PM  
My wife thinks this is a reasonable way to impart information:

"So at work today (co-worker's name) comes up to me and starts telling me about the girl that sits next to her. Turns out she went to lunch with her friend and her friend and then they were talking about her and how she doesn't do any work, but after all of that she was talking to her boss and they all agreed that she needs to tell her that she isn't going to help her get her work done when she isn't doing anything to help her department when she has lots of time on her plate and could be asking her boss if she can do any project to help her department."

I want to find whoever first played this for my wife http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koZFca8AkT0 take that person to the seediest equipment rental store and shove said person into the most disused, poorly-maintained tree chipper available.
 
2013-02-20 03:15:20 PM  

Diogenes: Theaetetus: Cool story, bro. It's a shame that it's not necessarily supported by  archaeology.

What makes you think I was serious?   Too deadpan?


Poe's law.
 
2013-02-20 03:16:57 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Women do indeed do this. They also "tell" you things without actually doing so, then get angry when you forget.

For example, this past Sunday evening:

Wife: Jen wants to bra shopping. Maybe at Nordys.
Me: Nordys?
Wife: Nordstroms.
Me: That's the same amount of syllables.
Wife: (paraphrasing) They do all the fitting and sizing and what not

Monday afternoon
Wife: I'll head straight home after work.
Me: OK, as opposed to?
Wife: Going bra shopping
Me: didnt realize you had made a plan to that
Wife: i mentioned that yesterday. about going with Jen
Me: I know, you mentioned it, didn't know you had planned to do so today
Wife: well, no matter. it's not happening.
Me: OK


Women know what they're doing.  This is done to keep men off balance and uncertain, giving them the upper hand.
 
2013-02-20 03:19:05 PM  
My problems is with all the unrelated tangents, background data I don't need or want, and repetition of things I already know.
 
2013-02-20 03:24:42 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Women do indeed do this. They also "tell" you things without actually doing so, then get angry when you forget.

For example, this past Sunday evening:

Wife: Jen wants to bra shopping. Maybe at Nordys.
Me: Nordys?
Wife: Nordstroms.
Me: That's the same amount of syllables.
Wife: (paraphrasing) They do all the fitting and sizing and what not

Monday afternoon
Wife: I'll head straight home after work.
Me: OK, as opposed to?
Wife: Going bra shopping
Me: didnt realize you had made a plan to that
Wife: i mentioned that yesterday. about going with Jen
Me: I know, you mentioned it, didn't know you had planned to do so today
Wife: well, no matter. it's not happening.

I can't believe you don't listen to me. Why don't you love me? 
Me: OK What the hell?

FTFY
 
2013-02-20 03:27:23 PM  
I was under the impression that ladies have to verbalize every single goddamn thought that pops into their pretty little heads lest their pretty little heads explode from said thought-storage issues?
I don't need some lab-coat squint to tell me that!
 
2013-02-20 03:29:28 PM  
Scientists have discovered that women possess higher levels of a "language protein" in their brains, which could explain why females are so talkative.

Which would be fine, if they had higher levels of content.
 
2013-02-20 03:33:38 PM  
Does this cover "I'm not interested in what you are saying even though you appear passionate about it so I'm going to interrupt you with the most meaningless boring story in history that is only peripherally related but all about me" situation...

Because I farking hate to be interrupted
 
2013-02-20 03:36:23 PM  

JNowe: Scientists have discovered that women possess higher levels of a "language protein" in their brains, which could explain why females are so talkative.

Which would be fine, if they had higher levels of content.


There's plenty of content.  What we have here is a comprehension gap.
 
2013-02-20 03:37:08 PM  
www.diabetesmine.com
 
2013-02-20 03:40:37 PM  

prickly pete v2: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Women do indeed do this. They also "tell" you things without actually doing so, then get angry when you forget.

For example, this past Sunday evening:

Wife: Jen wants to bra shopping. Maybe at Nordys.
Me: Nordys?
Wife: Nordstroms.
Me: That's the same amount of syllables.
Wife: (paraphrasing) They do all the fitting and sizing and what not

Monday afternoon
Wife: I'll head straight home after work.
Me: OK, as opposed to?
Wife: Going bra shopping
Me: didnt realize you had made a plan to that
Wife: i mentioned that yesterday. about going with Jen
Me: I know, you mentioned it, didn't know you had planned to do so today
Wife: well, no matter. it's not happening. I can't believe you don't listen to me. Why don't you love me?
Me:
OK What the hell?

FTFY


So much this.
 
2013-02-20 03:42:25 PM  

Ed Grubermann: My problems is with all the unrelated tangents, background data I don't need or want, and repetition of things I already know.


Men are just as bad at this. They're telling me a story and then:

"You know Dave, right. From Spindy's?"
"Uh, I don't think so..."
"Tall guy?"
"No."
"Wears a hat?"
"Doesn't matter...."
"He was friends with Lindsey?"
"Dude...."
 
2013-02-20 03:45:03 PM  

Ed Grubermann: My problems is with all the unrelated tangents, background data I don't need or want, and repetition of things I already know.


An I the only guy in existence who has learned to 'shell' conversations? I just keep what I need, smile and nod at most of the rest, because it doesn't matter to me?

Course that's only vs females related to me (mother, aunts, etc). Could explain why I'm single. And can't get a date. Or maybe it's the 'hanging out with tons of old female relatives' thing.
 
2013-02-20 03:45:22 PM  
Women run their mouths entirely too much, and the noise that comes out almost always is in the form of some pointless complaint.

Take my girlfriend, for instance. Always whining about something or another, or trying to tell me what to do. The other night, she insisted on having a big two hour fight over my leaving a towel on the counter while I was doing the dishes. What a waste of time, and what a horrible way to live -- some idiot complaining at you all day.

I tell you, this will be the last time I''' be foolish enough to throw my freedom away for some woman.
 
2013-02-20 03:46:49 PM  
My wife doesn't talk so much as constantly verbalize whatever happens to be running through her head at any given time.

Emphasis on "constantly".
 
2013-02-20 03:47:36 PM  
WTF is wrong with your wives?
 
2013-02-20 03:47:45 PM  
Best Comment: "But is there a cure?"
 
2013-02-20 03:48:55 PM  

Elegy: So you're saying that if I give her more of my man-protein, she'll yack less?


Yes.

Most females find it difficult to talk during the oral man-protein administration process.
 
2013-02-20 03:50:34 PM  

Ed Grubermann: My problems is with all the unrelated tangents, background data I don't need or want, and repetition of things I already know.


This. Oh so very much this.

Her: "I've got something very important to tell you"
Me: "OK, what is it?"
15 minutes of constant talking (on her part) pass, and she still hasn't revealed what's so farking important

/I wish I was making this up
 
2013-02-20 03:52:00 PM  
But is there a cure? -FTFA messages
 
2013-02-20 03:52:44 PM  
i1151.photobucket.com
♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫
It's been six months
She hasn't shut up once
I've tried to explain
She's driving me insane

She won't even miss me when she's gone
And that's okay with me I'll cry later on

Talk to ya later-don't want to hear it again tonight
Talk to ya later-just save it for another guy
Talk to ya later-don't want to hear it again tonight
I'll just see you around
♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫
 
2013-02-20 03:52:47 PM  
Just different communication styles. Although I tend to be more wary when she uses a much smaller number of words because it sounds evasive by comparison.

Her: So I ran into Martin the other day.
Me: Oh really?
Her: Yeah.
Me: Where?
Her: Bookstore.
Me: Okay. So did you guys talk?
Her: A little.
Me: Then he left?
Her: No, we got coffee.
Me: Oh.
Me: ...
Me: ...
Me: So what did you guys talk about?
Her: Nothing.
Me: ...
 
2013-02-20 03:53:06 PM  

Dr.Zom: Ed Grubermann: My problems is with all the unrelated tangents, background data I don't need or want, and repetition of things I already know.

Men are just as bad at this. They're telling me a story and then:

"You know Dave, right. From Spindy's?"
"Uh, I don't think so..."
"Tall guy?"
"No."
"Wears a hat?"
"Doesn't matter...."
"He was friends with Lindsey?"
"Dude...."


My ready-line for this sort of thing:

Person: "You know Person X from Dept. Z?"
Me: "No, but don't let that stop the conversation."

99% of the time, the 'who' is irrelevant to the point of the content.   Unless it is 'Person X died' then it usually "well, he heard that Dept. Z and Dept. H were going to merge." <---- the real point.
 
2013-02-20 03:53:50 PM  
I am going to teach a class. "How To Respond When Someone At Work Asks You How You Are 101."

Only accetable answer: "Fine, how are you?"

All other responses get an F.
 
2013-02-20 03:54:18 PM  

YixilTesiphon: WTF is wrong with your wives?


they're wimmin?
 
2013-02-20 03:55:20 PM  

SmackLT: Just different communication styles. Although I tend to be more wary when she uses a much smaller number of words because it sounds evasive by comparison.

Her: So I ran into Martin the other day.
Me: Oh really?
Her: Yeah.
Me: Where?
Her: Bookstore.
Me: Okay. So did you guys talk?
Her: A little.
Me: Then he left?
Her: No, we got coffee.
Me: Oh.
Me: ...
Me: ...
Me: So what did you guys talk about?
Her: Nothing.
Me: ...


Yeah..... she's doing Martin.
 
2013-02-20 03:55:46 PM  
I think it has more to do with personality type. In the eyes of Myers-Briggs, the typical "most womanly" personality type of ESFP is overtly talkative and superfluous in their speech patterns. Whereas myself, the INTJ woman, considers small talk stupid and pointless.

/other women don't "get" me, especially when my eyes glaze over while they ramble about talk shows and shoes
//men think I'm "cold"
///fark the lot of them
 
2013-02-20 03:56:49 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Women do indeed do this. They also "tell" you things without actually doing so, then get angry when you forget.

For example, this past Sunday evening:

Wife: Jen wants to bra shopping. Maybe at Nordys.
Me: Nordys?
Wife: Nordstroms.
Me: That's the same amount of syllables.
Wife: (paraphrasing) They do all the fitting and sizing and what not

Monday afternoon
Wife: I'll head straight home after work.
Me: OK, as opposed to?
Wife: Going bra shopping
Me: didnt realize you had made a plan to that
Wife: i mentioned that yesterday. about going with Jen
Me: I know, you mentioned it, didn't know you had planned to do so today
Wife: well, no matter. it's not happening.
Me: OK


Nordstroms? Soma is better.

Er, so I've heard.

/Don't judge me!
 
2013-02-20 03:56:49 PM  
Same.  And then she gets pissed off when I go on auto pilot and just say "yes" to the same thing she has repeated to me 47 times in a farking row.
 
2013-02-20 03:56:56 PM  
My GF likes to have conversations in her head which (apparently) she thinks I can hear (and sometimes DAYS before) and then when I don't know what the topic is I'm the one not listening.

Or
she'll start talking about something totally unrelated to the previous, though still ongoing to me, conversation. So now when I hear about that whore talking smack about other wimen in the office I'm thinking her daughter is a whore and cursing everyone out.
 
2013-02-20 03:57:17 PM  
1) Leave work
2) Call wife
3) Tell her I'm on the way home
4) She starts talking and won't shut up
5) Drive 20 minutes home
6) Walk in door while wife is still talking
7) Wife gets pissed

Yay me.
 
2013-02-20 03:57:22 PM  

my alt's alt's alt: I think it has more to do with personality type. In the eyes of Myers-Briggs, the typical "most womanly" personality type of ESFP is overtly talkative and superfluous in their speech patterns. Whereas myself, the INTJ woman, considers small talk stupid and pointless.

/other women don't "get" me, especially when my eyes glaze over while they ramble about talk shows and shoes
//men think I'm "cold"
///fark the lot of them


I bet if you put the "most womanly" personality type side-by-side with you, most men wouldn't notice a difference (cuz there wouldn't be one of any significance).
 
2013-02-20 03:58:09 PM  

my alt's alt's alt: I think it has more to do with personality type. In the eyes of Myers-Briggs, the typical "most womanly" personality type of ESFP is overtly talkative and superfluous in their speech patterns. Whereas myself, the INTJ woman, considers small talk stupid and pointless.

/other women don't "get" me, especially when my eyes glaze over while they ramble about talk shows and shoes
//men think I'm "cold"
///fark the lot of them


As an ISTJ, I completely agree.
 
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