A two-year study by experts from the University of Dungeness, Kent, has shown that women talk about 18% more than they did ten years ago, a rise of 40% on the 1970's.
The rise is being put down to the increased use of mobile phones, although Professor Putz, who carried out the survey, says that the figure would be more like 75% without internet "chatter" such as MSN etc.
The study makes depressing reading for men, who often struggle to get a word in edgewise. "If this trend continues, by 2020 men will only have 12% of available time to air their own views" says Doug Downshire of Relate, the marital problems advisors.
"There is a trend developing where women have two mobile phones so they can have two conversations at once", he contiued. "Men over fifty will remember the halcyon days up to the 1970's, when women spoke when spoken to, and always replied with respect - often calling their husbands 'sir'". Professor Putz is 87.