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April 27, 2012
“Did you hear about...?"
(Whatever it is, it’s not good.)
But now there’s a whole slew of people with PhD’s behind their name that say it’s all good for you.
Gossip, that is.
"If people aren't talking about other people, it's a signal that we feel socially alienated or indifferent," says Ralph Rosnow, PhD, a professor of psychology at Temple University and co-author of "Rumor and Gossip: The Social Psychology of Hearsay."
"For a real understanding of our social environment, gossip is essential," agrees Jack Levin, PhD, professor of sociology and criminology at Boston's Northeastern University and co-author of “Gossip: The Inside Scoop.”
And just when you thought a celebrity-obsessed culture is bad, British researchers recently concluded that a teenager's fascination with celebs helps them bond with their classmates and become autonomous from their parents.
Dishing the dirt has been around since the Stone Age.
Egyptologists recently uncovered hieroglyphics that contain sensational rumors about everything from the baldness of the queen to the sexual orientation of the king.
When gossip graduated from stone to paper, it went mainstream thanks to early pioneers like Daniel Defoe who, besides writing "Robinson Crusoe," devised the first chatty newspaper column and the technique of keeping names secret. ("B was seen kissing J." "A was seen punching Y.")
Don’t think any of this applies to you?
Consider that statistics show that gossip accounts for 55% of men's conversations and 67% of women's.
Ignore gossip around the water cooler?
According to recent gossip, it’s 95% accurate.
Just to balance this newfound euphoria about the goodness of gossip, Apostle Paul did say that gossip was akin to murder and punishable by death.
And we do live in an age today where gossip (and its first cousins, rumor, innuendo and slander) can travel at high speed, destroy friendships, marriages, careers, damage corporations and drive people out of small towns.
Well, you can't have everything.
I don’t know whether we should gossip more, gossip less, refrain altogether, or make it mandatory for teenagers to subscribe to “Popstar Magazine.”
Whatever you have to say on the subject, I'm all ears.