When an image is painted for gossiping it usually involves women chatting with each other, but that is just not factual. Ladies prepare to be vindicated.

Men gossip just as much as women, according to a new study out of the University of California, Riverside.

The study asserts that women don’t engage in “tear-down” gossip any more than men.

The study went on to say...

“There is a surprising dearth of information about who gossips and how, given public interest and opinion on the subject,” said Megan Robbins, an assistant psychology professor who led the study along with Alexander Karan, a graduate student in her lab.

 

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.

That being said I am definitely guilty, as are many of us I would imagine, of gossiping in the true sense of the word.

A final result? Everyone gossips. “Gossip is ubiquitous,” the study concludes.

(UC Riverside)