Is Gossiping Helpful or Hurtful?
What is Gossiping?
Lets be honest. Gossiping and spreading rumors are pretty much one in the same. They can be both positive and harmful. They can both cause intense emotional pain or elation. There are situations where gossiping can actually be a good thing. Believe it or not. Gossiping can actually be good for our brains. It can also be very damaging in certain circumstances.
Do you think that a bunch of colleagues chirping away at the water cooler are merely gossipers wiling their time away? You’d rather focus on the memo you have to turn in by the end of the day, wouldn’t you? Perhaps you should think again. By avoiding gossip, you could be missing out on crucial news. What if your company’s CEO is having a nervous breakdown? Maybe there’s hush-hush talk about imminent layoffs? Truth is, gossip isn’t all bad. In fact, it’s necessary for our survival. At least, that’s what research over the last decade has concluded.
Types of Gossip
Gossiping can come in different types. There are three types of gossip, good, bad, and bad that turns good. Knowing that gossiping is good for our brain and that we spend between 60-80 percent of our time doing it, there needs to be a greater focus on good gossip.
A study at the University of California, Berkeley showed that gossip helps people exchange important information about intruders and unethical people within a community. “Gossip gets a bad rap, but we found that much of what we call gossip is driven by a sincere desire to help others.”