The average man can stand just six minutes of his woman’s witterings about her lunch, her stars and her feelings, it is claimed.
By contrast, he can pay attention for an entire fifteen minutes’ conversation with mates about football or their sex lives, according to research carried out among 2,000 adults.
The findings also showed women listen longer and harder in conversation with their friends than they do with their other halves.
More than half of the men surveyed admitted they weren’t good listeners at all.
But the study found they will happily talk with a friend about sport, which proved the most popular topic for more than half the men questioned, followed by chats on films and sex.
Relationships was the favorite theme among women, with 55 percent saying it was their favorite topic of conversation.
The worst time to expect a man’s attention is while he is watching sport, channel flicking or playing an app, according to the Ladbrokes-commissioned survey.
The average man has four occasions each week where he isn’t listening to a partner when he should be.
Men are most likely to switch off from a conversation if the topic is someone they don’t know, followed by chat about workmates, celebrities or clothes.
And chaps are similarly unenthused when talk turns to things their partner has seen on Facebook, horoscopes and chat around what they ate for lunch that day.
No doubt wise to this wilful and lazy ignorance, 55 percent of women say they regularly test their partner to check whether or not he’s listening.
More than a third said the most common sign their partner isn’t listening is when they take far too long to respond to a question.
The second most common indicator is a flurry of blank or glazed expressions, while more than a quarter said it’s noticeable when they can’t take their eyes off their phone, tablet or the television.
More than a fifth of men admit they often browse the web or watch sport while on the phone to their partner. Both sexes said they were more likely to lie or hold back information from their partner than from their best friend.
A spokesman for Ladbrokes said: ‘It’s natural that the two genders will find different things interesting and certain topics appeal more than others.
’Men are obsessed with sport, gadgets and technology, and often these combine when trying to check scores, place bets or get the latest updates.
’Of course, this regularly means they aren’t always their most responsive.
’As with anything, getting that balance between showing effort towards a partner and allowing time for following your passions is important.’
TOP 10 TOPICS MEN TUNE OUT OF
1、Talk about people they’ve never met 谈论他们不认识的人
2、Partner’s workmates 伴侣的同事
3、Celebrities or reality stars 名人或者生活中的明星
5、Other people’s relationships 他人的关系
6、What’s been said/done on Facebook 脸书上的谈论和事件
8、What partner had for lunch 伴侣午餐吃了什么
9、Partner’s feelings 伴侣的感受
（翻译 helenma 编辑 祝兴媛）