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Does Gossip Spread Faster Because Of The Web?

I've been thinking about how technology has changed dating, weddings and even gossip ever since seeing 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake's "Ayo Technology" and reading a USA Today article that claims office gossip is spread faster these days because of instant messenger and e-mail. While office gossip isn't exactly fodder for official study, USA Today claims it has taken on new dimensions in this digital age — even becoming a "dynamic force that can build camaraderie but can also destroy work relationships or careers." Here's more:

The proliferation of instant messaging, Internet blogs and e-mail means rumors in the workplace spread faster and farther, and can do more lasting damage.

While this seems obvious to me, it's not a topic I had considered until the last couple of weeks, when a friend admitted she mistakenly imed the wrong co-worker and typed some unnecessarily catty details about another woman in the office. Sadly, my friend isn't alone. USA Today also notes:

Nearly two-thirds of employees say that people in their workplace gossip about company news, according to an August study by Steelcase, a Grand Rapids, Mich., provider of office furniture and equipment. Twenty-eight percent of employees who work in offices without a consistent method of communicating news (such as staff meetings) say gossip is their first source for information.

I try to re-read my e-mails before I send them and consider whether they are appropriate for all eyes. Like it or not, I don't think our e-mails are as protected and safe as we might like to hope. What do you think?

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jdots24 jdots24 9 years
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
For sure!
stefrose stefrose 9 years
PerezHilton makes my day that much better, ashamed as I am to admit it.
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
yes it does!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Last year my neighborhood was instantly taken over with hundreds of teenagers.. Tons of cars and kids everywhere (hah can you tell how old I am?). The cops said it was all due to text messaging. One person would find out about a potential party then text a few people who text a few people and then you have 300 kids in front of your house.
mfern64 mfern64 9 years
Yes. Especially with sites like Facebook, My Space. And don't forget text messaging.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Sad, but true
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hell yes! I wouldn't know half the things I know about my friends and celebs and news if it wasn't for the internet!
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
Yes! How could it not?
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
lolabella lolabella 9 years
i think that my personal, friends-only gossip does not spread faster, but work & celeb gossip certainly seem to!
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