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9 Facts About Gossip

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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.

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Indirect reciprocity is a social interaction in which one actor helps another and is then benefited by a third party.

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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.

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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.

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In only a matter of minutes, harmful gossip and rumors can spread online from one place in the world to another.

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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.

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Some newspapers carry "gossip columns" which detail the social and personal lives of celebrities or of élite members of certain communities.

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