It happens at the pub, in the meeting room, and in parliament; women are cut off mid-sentence by men who are fed-up listening and believe their opinion to be worthier. Now there’s an app for that.
Created by Brazilian ad agency BETC Sao Paulo, Woman Interrupted is designed to analyse conversations and, using your phone’s microphone, detect the number of times “manterruption” occurred.
What’s particularly interesting is the research that inspired it. It seems that what’s more pertinent than the sex of the person talking is that of the one they’re speaking to. A paper published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology revealed that both men and women are more likely to interrupt when speaking with a woman than with a man. Thus females too have a responsibility to hear a lady out.
A 2012 study found that men will dominate 75 per cent of the conversation during conference meetings.
Another study by researchers at Brigham Young University and Princeton found that men will dominate 75 per cent of the conversation during conference meetings. This result raises valid concerns that important decisions are often made without a fair representation of all present.
The non-profit app, which is still in beta version, was released ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8). While it’s sure to inspire a giggle and cause offence, it does attempt to address the issue and inspire a more balanced conversation.