From the Daily Mail:
If you want to gain a woman's full attention, make sure you've got a juicy piece of scandal to pass on.
According to a survey, more than two-thirds of women admit they pay full attention to conversations only when they are gossiping.
The same proportion, 67 per cent, think they hear most intently when they are trying to eavesdrop on tittle-tattle taking place nearby.
By contrast, only half of men said they listen intently to gossip, while a mere 41 per cent admitted to listening closely to others' conversations.
A survey of 2,000 respondents also found that only 21 per cent of men reckon they always listen carefully to every word, with just 19 per cent of women saying the same. Five per cent of women admitted to hearing only the odd word here and there.
Women are also more likely to switch off when listening to their work colleagues, with the average woman catching what even the boss says only two-thirds of the time.
They really hear only 70 per cent of the conversations they have with their partner.