Gossip is idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others; the act of is also known as dishing or tattling.
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Gossip has been researched in terms of its evolutionary psychology origins.
Evolutionary psychology is a theoretical approach in the social and natural sciences that examines psychological structure from a modern evolutionary perspective.
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This has found gossip to be an important means by which people can monitor cooperative reputations and so maintain widespread indirect reciprocity.
Reputation of a social entity is an opinion about that entity, typically a result of social evaluation on a set of criteria.
Indirect reciprocity is a social interaction in which one actor helps another and is then benefited by a third party.
Gossip has also been identified by Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary biologist, as aiding social bonding in large groups.
Robin Ian MacDonald Dunbar is a British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist and a specialist in primate behaviour.
Social media has also provided a much faster way to share gossip.
Social media are computer-mediated technologies that allow individuals, companies, NGOs, governments, and other organizations to view, create and share information, ideas, and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.
In only a matter of minutes, harmful gossip and rumors can spread online from one place in the world to another.
The term is sometimes used to specifically refer to the spreading of "dirt" and misinformation, as through excited discussion of scandals.
In a religious context, sin is the act of violating God's will by transgressing his commandments.
A scandal can be broadly defined as an accusation or accusations that receive wide exposure.
Misinformation is false or incorrect information, spread intentionally or unintentionally.
Some newspapers carry "gossip columns" which detail the social and personal lives of celebrities or of élite members of certain communities.