- Males and females are obviously biologically different, but do their differences go even further than that?
- It turns out, there are some subtle but key differences that can hugely impact whether a person feels heard, is comfortable, or even understood.
- From body language, to verbal skills, and even down to the tones of their voice. We look into all the differences in how men and women communicate.
Most of us are familiar with the saying “men are from Mars and women are from Venus.” Obviously, this is not true. This popular saying was coined to highlight just how different men and women are. So different they couldn’t even be from the same planet! Hence why there are so many stereotypes pertaining to men and women, particularly when it comes to communication.
In this article, we examine whether or not men and women communicate differently. For the most part, how good or bad a person communicates is an individual trait based on personality, environment, and the relationship. However, we did find some slight, very generalized differences between men and women. Let’s take a look…
Women Have Better Verbal Skills
While looking at differences between men and women, some people might wonder if either gender has areas with greater skill. For example, men tend to outnumber women in careers involving math and science. Is this because they are more skilled in this field? According to studies, both boy and girl infants performed equally as well on tasks involving mathematic ability.
Despite these findings, questions and theories around gender differences still persist. “In 2007, Diane Halpern, PhD, and colleagues including Hyde published a consensus statement regarding that disparity. Indeed, studies suggest that women tend to score slightly higher than men on verbal abilities, while men tend to have a slight edge when it comes to visuospatial skills, the researchers report,” writes the American Psychological Association (APA).