It’s chatterbox women who are most addicted to social networking – but men prefer staying in touch by phone

More social: Women communicate with friends, family and colleagues via social media more than men do, but men prefer using the phone to stay in touch

Women, it goes without saying, love to talk and gossip. It may come as no surprise, then, that women are more social online than men.

But while loving to stay in touch by Facebook, Twitter and blogging, a new survey reveals that women are not as keen as men when it comes to chatting on the phone.

The study, commissioned by Rebtel, looked at the online habits of a group of 2,361 U.S. adults.

For those internet users who chose to communicate with family, friends and work colleagues other than in-person, women led the way in choosing social media as a means of staying in touch.

In fact, 68 per cent of women chose to use social media to stay in touch with family, compared to 54 per cent of men. When it came to contacting friends, the figures were 60 per cent compared to 42 per cent, and for colleagues, the number was 34 per cent compared to 22 per cent.

This translates to around 163million women choosing to communicate via social media compared to 117million men.

And, when women were given the option to pick one way of staying in touch with friends, family and colleagues – besides in-person – more women chose social networking than men.

So much so that women were twice as likely to choose social networking as a way to stay in touch with colleagues than men.

But men, conversely, are more partial to contacting people via phone.

Although the differences were not so pronounced between men and women voice and phone users as they are with social media users, men came out on top as choosing to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues by voice.

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