The Value of Gossip: It’s not all bad

‘Gossip’ is often seen as a negative term but it has strong social benefits when used effectively, according to a new article in the New York Times. Reporting on psychological studies, the article discussed how gossip provides benefits such as being able to provide important information on the habits and behaviours of third parties such as if they are selfish or prone to cheating, as well as providing people with an outlet to share such information with others in danger of being cheated upon. Gossip therefore acts as a barrier to behaving badly when people know their actions may become the subject of negative discussions.

Read the New York Times article


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