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Details In Conversations Essay

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A stereotype is typically used in order to categorize human beings into specific groups based on certain characteristics that they portray in order for people to try to understand the. However, the downfall to stereotypes is that they are never 100% accurate; there will always be reasons for why they are wrong. For example, in “No Detail Is Too Small For Girls Answering a Simple Question” by Tony Kornheiser he uses the stereotype that women talk more than men do because they include every detail no matter how small it is. Although it may be true that gender does play a big role in how much detail a person gives while having a conversation, in this case, I would have to disagree with Kornheiser because people–like him–assume that women give more detail when having a conversation, when actually it does not depend on your gender, it depends on but is not limited to age, the speaker (e.g. their personality), and the topic that is being discussed.
Age has an influence on the amount of detail that we provide while having a conversation because the younger we are the more interest we have on what is happening around us. Take, for example, in “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, Lamott states “Try walking around with a child who’s going, ‘Wow, wow! Look at that dirty dog! Look at that burned-down house! Look at that read sky!’… I think that is how we are suppose to be in the world– present and in awe” (100). Here, we do not know the gender of the child yet the child is intrigued by what is happening around him/her that they cannot stop talking. Although the sentences are simple, they contain enough detail to where we can picture what the child is pointing at. Children, regardless of gender, tend to talk more because they notice details that adults might find to be unimportant. Kornheiser uses a personal experience of the conversation that he had both with his son and daughter. After asking his daughter, “How was camp?” his daughter answers with “Well, the day I left, I got on the bus, and I sat next to Ashley, and she brought Goldfish, which was good because I forgot my Now and Laters, and then Shannon came over, and she's from Baltimore, and she gets her clothes at the Gap, and she had a Game Boy, but all she had was Tetris, which I have, so we asked Jenny, who was the counselor, if anybody had Sonic the Hedgehog, but….” (Kornheiser 278) he comes to the “horrible realization she was actually going to tell me how camp was, minute by minute” (Kornheiser 279). While when asking the same question to his son he got a simple answer, “Good. I busted Jason’s nose” (Kornheiser 279). Here, he uses his personal experience to justify why he believes females talk more than men, because when asked the same question the son gave a simple answer with no detail while the daughter gave a long detailed answer. We only know that the daughter is 10 years old, yet we have no clue how old the son is. For all we know the son can be a teen, and during the teen years, teenagers tend...

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