Well if you were unaware about this fact then let us make you acquainted with the fact that it’s not just ladies who love indulging in spicy gossip sessions, men do as well. A first of its kind study delved deep into the depths of gossips and tried to came out with answers like who gossips the most, what topics do people gossip the most about, and how frequent do people gossip.
“If you’re going to look at gossip like an academic, remove the value judgment we assign to the word. Gossip, in the academic’s view, is not bad. It’s simply talking about someone who isn’t present. That talk could be positive, neutral, or negative,” explained Megan Robbins, lead researcher of the study.
According to Robbins, there is quite an astonishing lack of information about who gossips and how given public interest and opinion on the subject.
“With that definition, it would be hard to think of a person who never gossips because that would mean the only time they mention someone is in their presence. They could never talk about a celebrity unless the celebrity was present for the conversation; they would only mention any detail about anyone else if they are present. Not only would this be difficult, but it would probably seem strange to people they interact with,” Robbins asserted.
As part of the study, the team of researchers looked into the data fetched from 467 people -- 269 women, 198 men. Participants were 18 to 58 years old.
Following were the main findings of the study published in the Journal of BMC Medicine:
1. Younger people engage in more negative gossip than older adults. There was no relation amongst the overall frequency of gossip when all three categories were combined.2. Extroverts gossip far more frequently than introverts.3. Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing, gossip.4. Poor, or less educated people don’t gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people.
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