Is Gossip Always Bad?

Most of us tend to think that gossip is bad (I generally do) but here is a balanced view of the pros and cons of gossip.

Gossip is bad because:

It is a strategy designed to further one’s own reputation at the expense of others

It is a strategy designed to further one’s own interests at the expense of others

It often ostracizes others as unacceptable outsiders

 Gossip is good (well, at least not bad) because:

It is a sign of trust

It bonds people together

It reminds people about the group’s norms and values

It controls ‘free spirits’ (if your group wants to have everyone stay in line)

It uncovers information

 This information comes primarily from an interesting article in Scientific American called “The Science of Gossip”.

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