THERE is an assumption that women are huge gossips who use every chance they get to yap, but more and more information is being unearthed that men are just as guilty.
In fact, the results of a survey published recently in the UK Daily Mail, showed, like other surveys, that not only do men gossip as much or more than women, but their gossip tends to centre on ego boosting.
Men's main chat topics include women, colleagues and who is in line for promotion, the Daily Mail reported.
"Among men, the favourite subject is old school friends, then the sexiest girl at work, promotions, salaries, and finally their best friend's conquest," the survey said.
The poll of 1,033 adults was conducted by BMRB Research for the company BT Conferencing, a leading global provider of audio, video, web, and streaming collaboration services.
The realisation that your man gossips is one thing, what he's sharing with his buddies is another, 32-year-old beautician Anna John said.
"My guy says he doesn't discuss me or our sex life at all, but I can't help wondering if it ever comes up, especially as he's so vocal in his praises of me, around me," she said.
And according to the men we interviewed, yes, women like John do have cause to be sceptical.
But what do they say about us?
Jeff W, 35:
I remember a group of us was talking one time about a certain hot girl at my workplace. And if a man didn't start talking about her in an intimate way, I would never know that she had been around the block.
Anthony S, 41:
We talk about girls yes -- how many we have, when and where we meet them, how good they are in bed, then compare them with the others we've been with.
Philip R, 39:
We talk about which woman 'ready' or who 'don't ready'. If it is a girl who doesn't mean anything to you, you tell your brethren what and what she does in bed and tell them that they can give her a talk and try their luck.
Patrick H, 38:
Well, when you're young still you mostly discuss the sex and stuff like that. But when you get older and things get complicated the discussion is about how she nags; how she cooks good, if she does; how good a mother she is, if she really is; how she cares for you and takes care of you and the kids; and how she's a cheating witch whom you'll leave. It's a laundry list, if you get what I mean.
Andrew B, 32:
I tell my girlfriend no, but she always comes up when me and my buddies start drinking. She's my first serious girlfriend so I can't help bragging about what she does to me.
Lloyd G, 38:
If the loving was especially good at night, the guys will notice it on me the next morning, so I will just smile. I don't have to say anything.
Lance W, 30:
I ask my friends for advice because my girlfriend is very difficult to deal with. Sometimes she drives me to the point where I want to end it, but then I'll tell my friends what she did and they'll laugh and share their stories that make me see that all women are crazy, and I might as well live with the crazy one I love.
Julio B, 32:
We talk about relationship problems just like women do. Sometimes it's the advice from friends that decides whether she stays or goes, and whether she's a housewife or isn't worth the time.