INTERRUPTION DIFFERENCES: GENDER, CULTURE, POWER When it comes to gender, most studies found that men tend to interrupt more than women. An example for this so-called “manterrupting” is when Kanye West rudely interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. Or when Donald Trump interrupted Hilary Clinton during the presidential debate. Interruption is linked with power and dominance as well. Anyone with low social status and little power is more likely to be interrupted by those with higher power and prestige. In a study on Iranian men and women, it is found that the most powerful person interrupts and hold the floor more than the others who are less successful. Interruption also differs by culture. Researchers discovered that while English speakers use interruption as a way of getting involved and be attentive in conversation, Japanese prefer not to interrupt, doing so only if necessary and to give feedbacks.