Actually, I am kind of surprised about that based on the science. I thought that there was a study done quite a while ago that suggested that male voices are easier to understand by the majority of people due to the lesser high frequency components. Of course, maybe there is are new studies based on the psychological component rather than purely auditory.
I would guess the switch from a male voice to a female voice is not arbitrary, Chuck. I would imagine it's been tested. The practice is prerecorded voices is well developed. I would expect the voice choices have been tested to determine which are the most effective.
To me, it seems like phone-based systems are increasingly switching from male to female voices. For years, United Airlines Mileage Plus had a male voice. Same for my credit card company. But I noticed yesterday that the Mileage Plus starts with a male, who then hands it off to a female voice, who walks you through all the menu choices.
Now that's interesting Glenn. I can imagine why the voice would be switched to male for Spanish. I can understand the preference for a female voice. I can't understand a preference for a male voice. You're right, it's probably cultural. I'm would guess it's not arbitrary.
Yes, I agree the voices are annoying. I haven't experienced Siri yet either, but I've heard tons of automated voices. I can't recall any male voices used. So maybe there is something to the notion that we respond more positively to a femaile voice.
That's a curious thing to consider, Rob. Frankly I hate those voices. I have an annoying one on my GPS in my car and it's all I can bare to stand her directing me for too long. I haven't experienced Siri yet, but I'm told by those who have that's she's amazing. I suppose if someone talks to you that long, you tend to conjure up an image.
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