Gossip helps police bad behavior in a social network and relieves stress.
About 15% of office emails are gossip:
Negative gossip is nearly 3 times as prevalent:
Around 80% of office gossip is true:
The way employees gossip about a company can predict its success or failure.
Gossip that praises others can raise the gossiper’s self esteem.
Sharing negative feelings about a third party can increase closeness between two people but be careful: people unconsciously associate you with the things you gossip about.
This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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