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Men are more likely than women to chat with friends over the phone or send text messages to stay in touch.

Research shows men are better at keeping in touch with their international friends and like chatting for longer too.

Men are better at speaking to their friends – while women are more likely to rely on social media, a study has revealed.

The widely accepted convention is that women love spending hours on the phone chatting to friends but this stereotype has been turned on its head by a new study, commissioned by new smartphone calling app, FooTalk showing men are better at keeping in touch, especially with friends who are living abroad.

Men are more likely than women to chat with friends over the phone or send text messages to stay in touch.

But women simply rely on social media and emails to update each other on what’s going on in their lives rather than having a conversation.

The FooTalk study of 2,000 Brits, found that women make an average of one call abroad each week, lasting 22 minutes, while men make two calls totalling 40 minutes.

Agony aunt and relationship psychologist, Susan Quilliam elaborates: “The classic joke is that it's the girls who are on the phone for hours. But actually now it's guys who are becoming bigger fans of the phone conversation - particularly if they want to be in touch with friends and family who've moved abroad.

"And they're absolutely right to want that, hearing someone's voice is a far richer experience than simply seeing words on screen. You get to not only learn more about what the other person's thinking and feeling, but they get to learn more about you. Add to that the fact that calls are fully and instantly responsive, immediate and interactive. If you talk to someone on the phone, you're fully focused on each other, minute to minute. It's a way of connecting with someone and sharing their ordinary daily life – even if they're far away.”

Seven in ten Brits now know someone who is living outside of the UK, with Australia, the USA and Canada the most common homes.

Other countries Brits regularly contact to speak to friends include European countries France, Spain, Germany and Italy and even as far afield as China and South Africa.

One in ten Brits even say they know people in at least five different countries across the world.

Women will send around five text messages to pals abroad each week, while men send eight.

And when it comes to UK-based friends, both men and women rely on the internet – women chat via social media (39%) or over email (54%) while blokes prefer to speak with their mates using video or internet calls (11%).

More than a third of men even admitted they have friends living abroad who they speak to more than people they know in the UK.

Researchers also found that 44 per cent of Brits admit they sometimes avoid talking to their friends and relatives abroad because of the high call charges. And another 12 per cent hate having to arrange a time to video call or phone to fit in around personal schedules and time differences.

Social networking sites have also led to 36 per cent of people getting back in touch with people who have moved abroad after thinking they would never speak to them again.

FooTalk is a new app for iOS and Android that significantly reduces the cost of making calls for smartphone users, whenever calling abroad. It allows customers to make free calls to friends and family who have the app, anywhere in the world via Wi-Fi or 3G and 4G mobile data services.

Graeme Hutchison, former sales and marketing chief and founding management team member of Virgin Mobile, who is co-founder of FooTalk said: “We know that people are travelling the world more than ever and international borders are no barrier to staying in touch. However soaring call rates, inaccessibility and difficulty of use of alternatives are.

“Facebook and Twitter might keep you abreast of your friends’ lives but there’s always more to be had from a conversation – even if the other person is in a different country.”

Nine in ten Brits reckon it’s easier than ever to contact friends and family living abroad, with email named as the most popular way to stay in touch, followed by social networking sites and phone calls.

Text messaging, letters, video calls and instant messaging were other ways to keep up with foreign friends.

FooTalk also allows users to call any number at extremely low rates (significantly lower than other alternative calling services like Skype). Whether calling abroad or avoiding expensive roaming charges while travelling or simply to call friends locally. FooTalk offers exceptional value compared to others.

In addition to the significant cost saving benefits, FooTalk’s patent-pending Discovery service is designed to ensure more reliable connections than competitor services. This combination delivers a customer experience that gives consumers the most complete alternative to their network operator in one, easy-to-use app.

Notes to editors:

About FooTalk:

FooTalk is a new app that will transform your smartphone into your single, low-cost option for keeping in touch with all your friends and family whether at home, at work, out and about or even travelling. FooTalk users can make free calls to other FooTalk users anywhere in the world via Wi-Fi or mobile data. They can also benefit from huge savings on calls to mobiles and landlines, with a simple set of low cost call rates for both calling internationally and within your home country.

FooTalk is really easy-to-use, making it the natural alternative to making calls directly from your smartphone. The app integrates instantly with your smartphone’s address book, so you can see who else has the app and informs you when friends download the app. It works brilliantly on iOS and Android smartphones / devices, providing reliable connections and clear call quality over or 3G, 4G and LTE.
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• One Poll conducted the research on behalf of FooTalk, surveying 2,000 Brits.

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