Women Guilty of Tuning Out

It’s a common complaint with women…he never listens. Communication tends to be a huge problem in many marriages but most of the blame gets put on the husband.

I bet you can picture a scene in your mind. He is sitting on the couch, watching the game and his wife mentions how so-and-so is really fed up with so-and-so, that they might even separate.

“That’s nice dear.”

What? Did he not just hear what was said? They might get divorced! Clearly, he wasn’t listening. And so she spouts off about how he never listens and it escalates into an argument.

It turns out that women aren’t so innocent when it comes to not listening. In fact, a new survey just released says that 33% of women admit to tuning out of a conversation, in as little as 15 seconds.

What are the topics that are most likely to cause women to tune out? Complaining, work, chores and television soap gossip. First, I have to ask…soap operas are still on?

Anyway, I find this to be pretty interesting. And I have to admit that I am just as guilty of tuning my husband out at times. But I had never really thought about when I do that until I read about this survey.

I actually enjoy hearing my husband talk about work. And he rarely complains so that isn’t much of an issue. Chores? I wish he would talk about chores!

The times I find myself tuning out is when he talks about fixing the car and goes into details about what he had to do. Or what he bought at “Home Depot.”

Still…apparently men still have us beat because they tune out in as little as 10 seconds of a conversation. The topics that cause their ears to close? Gossip, thoughts and feelings.

What about you? When do you find yourself tuning out?

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About Stephanie Romero

Stephanie Romero is a professional blogger for Families and full-time web content writer. She is the author and instructor of an online course, "Recovery from Abuse," which is currently being used in a prison as part of a character-based program. She has been married to her husband Dan for 21 years and is the mother of two teenage children who live at home and one who is serving in the Air Force.