Gossip is everywhere. Language and evolutionary science says its as old as time and will never go away. But is that such a bad thing?
Millions of North Americans read gossip magazines and celebrity blogs - office gossip tirelessly fills our desires for workplace water-cooler chatter. While we've been taught that dishing out the dirt is for sinners and ruins reputations, it turns out gossip can also be very good for us. The Real Dirt on Gossip uncovers the fascinating science behind this most human compulsion.
Did you know that approximately 66% of what we talk about in everyday conversations is gossip? After an analysis of 22,000 conversations the most common topic of discussion is: what are other people doing. Research also shows that men gossip just as much as women, and that good gossipers tend to make more money at work. Indeed, it can give us the upper hand and even power over others who don't have information.
The Real Dirt on Gossip features a variety of experts who shed light on the origins and impact of gossip - a social anthropologist, an evolutionary psychologist, and Canadian media executive and the editor of HollywoodLife.com, Bonnie Fuller. Also featured is former reality TV star Jon Gosselin (of Jon and Kate Plus Eight). Gosselin provides a first-hand account of how gossip can affect a marriage, a family and a career.
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Michael Grippo CSC