Why We Love to Gossip

Their are pros and cons of talking about other people, for men and women.

It is almost certain that deep in our past, a group of Mesolithic humans stood around a fresh kill, talking about someone who wasn’t holding up his end of the hunting and gathering.

Jump ahead 15,000 years, and we’re still at it. Office gossip is alive, flowing freely and — depending on your point of view — either as natural as casual conversation or a pathogen infecting morale, productivity and even health. Adding to the darker view, gossip may be a special problem for women — its most able practitioners and, perhaps, its most vulnerable targets.

Being cautious with gossip would be common sense, but the lure of being in the loop can be seductive, and stepping out of it is a difficult call because gossip is a standard currency of human connection. A research team from the University of Amsterdam found that 90 percent of total office conversation qualifies as gossip. Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology concluded that gossip makes up 15 percent of office e-mail.

Why do we do it? Perhaps a better question is, Why do we love it?

Anthropologists believe that throughout human history, —> Read More Here


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