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March 11, 2015 12:01 AM EDT
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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.

Via The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us:

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.

Via 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute:

This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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