New Research Breaks Down The Who, What, Why And When Of Gossip

CHARLOTTE, NC — A first-ever study on gossip digs deep into who gossips the most, what topics they gossip about, and how often people gossip.

This new study was conducted by researchers at the University of California – Riverside. They define gossip as talking about someone who isn’t present.

That talk can be positive, neutral, or negative.

The study found that younger people engage in more negative gossip than older people.

Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing, gossip.

It also found that poorer, less educated people don’t gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people.

Gossiping does have an upside however, according to researchers.  They say we are wired to gossip since it can give us info we need to protect ourselves.

It can also build group cohesion and cooperation.

But there’s a downside, too.

WebMD says gossip can trigger exhaustion, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and more. Their experts suggest not commenting on or engaging in gossip.

The research also found out how much do people gossip every day, which brings us to the EDGE question:

Do you think the answer is 16 minutes, 52 minutes, 7 minutes or 23 minutes?