Who talks more, boys or girls? And who talks the most in your family: is it you, or are you not getting your fair share of talk time? Scientists have wondered about these questions, too, but they all have different answers. One study said that for both kids and grown-ups, girls talk almost 3 times as much as boys! But another study found that women and men talk the same amount, about 16,000 words per day. Scientists don’t seem to agree, so if you want, you can help the world and do some science yourself, right in your own home! You can use a stopwatch to measure how much each person in your family talks. Then, add it up at the end of the day to find out what happened — and hopefully you’ll get some time to talk about it.
Wee ones: If you say “Girls talk more than boys,” how many words did you say?
Little kids: If you say 8 words and your friend says 12 words, who says more words? Bonus: If you measure your talking all day Tuesday and for 3 full days after that, what’s the last day you count up your talking?
Big kids: Some scientists say grown-up women speak 20,000 words per day on average, but grown-up men say only 7,000 words. If that’s true, do women say 3 times as many words as men? Bonus: The speed record for talking is 655 words per minute. If you can say 11 words per second, can you beat that record?
The sky’s the limit: If your super-talkative uncle says 13,000 words a day, and your grandma says 22,000 words per day, and your word count is halfway between them…how many words do you say per day?
Wee ones: 5 words.
Little kids: Your friend says more words. Bonus: On Friday.
Big kids: Not quite: women would have to say 21,000 words. Bonus: Yes! You’d say 660 words in a minute.
The sky’s the limit: 17,500 words. Your uncle and grandma are 9,000 words apart, so you’re 4,500 more than your uncle (and 4,500 less than your grandma).