According to a new study by Cingular Wireless, men on the company’s network are 16% more talkative than women for the fourth year in a row.

Men use their wireless phones an average of 455 minutes a month, compared to an average of 391 minutes a month for women. Women have generally been the big talkers on home phones, but men are slowly catching up there as well, having narrowed the gap from 75% more talk time for women to 62%. About 12% of both genders, however, use gaming features of many modern phones, and the two sexes are also tied in terms of camera phone usage. Women, however, use their mobile phones for personal conversations far more than men, while men are twice as business-talkative than women.



Convenience still remains the top reason for mobile phone usage, with 62% of wireless users indicating they primarily use their wireless phones for convenience purposes. Safety is next in line, at 21%.



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