Do you like to gossip? Are you into dishing about a rumor involving an acquaintance or are you constantly searching out the nitty gritty personal facts about celebs?
If you answered yes, you're in luck! It turns out that researchers believe that a little bit of gossip is actually healthy for us!! No more guilt ladies! It keeps our culture going and keeps us connected to one another (even to people we don't personally know). But of course if you get caught gabbing personal info about someone, well then that's a huge no-no.
A recent study involving college students, 42 men and 98 women, discovered that the nature of the gossip determined whether it was passed on or not. People were more likely to share negative or damaging tid-bits if it involved a same sex rival and they loved sharing good news about friends.
Whether we trash talk or talk nice, gossip helps build and cement connections with other people. It's a way for us to enforce those unwritten societal rules like "thou shall not steal someone else's boyfriend."
Not all gossip is good gossip, obviously. If you are saying awful things about someone or revealing secret info just to get someone in trouble or get in with a group of people, you're not only going to hurt the people you're talking about, but you're going to end up hurting yourself too. Share the negative stuff only if you think it will help or protect a friend. As for the good gossip, we can't get enough of that.
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The same goes for celebrity gossip. We love it so much because we view them as part of our larger circle of friends. We love hearing good news like people getting engaged, married, or pregnant because in a way, we can live vicariously through them. When it comes to the bad stuff, we feel okay about sharing it because we can't get in trouble for it. Plus, if a celeb makes a mistake, gets arrested, or gains weight, it's a time we can be judgmental. We can say "I would never do that," and it makes us feel better about ourselves, all the while never betraying their trust like we would if we were talking about a good friend.
What do you guys think about gossip?