University of Berkeley Study finds that Gossiping is Good For You.
If you enjoy talking, then this just might be the single best piece of news you have read in quite some time. A Study conducted by the University of Berkeley finds that gossiping may be good for you, and me; and the neighbors; and friends; and all the people on our electronic social networks.
Social Psychologist and co-author of the study found evidence that gossip plays a role in maintaining social order, but more interestingly is important for maintaining our mental health. Yes, gossipping is thought to be therapeutic!
Those of us who like to talk about anything, and everything, are less frustrated by the people who annoy us. This is especially true if our motivation for gossiping about someone is to prevent our friends from some negative interaction, or situation that may occur. If our gossip saves someone from exploitation, the research insists that we should not feel guilty about talking about someone else behind their back.
If we think about this rationally, gossiping is a survival instinct and it is not just a tool for women (as some would have us believe), men also like to judge the actions of others - but who would have guessed a little chatter had both protective and calming properties.