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Tue May 21, 2019 2:53 pm

I've never liked gossip much. I've always found it too sadistic and demeaning. However, I've never thought it had a survival purpose. I still call rubbish though.

https://www.health.com/mind-body/why-do-people-gossip


"Mark Leary, PhD, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University who specializes in social and personal psychology, explains it to Health this way: Gossiping is a fundamental human instinct because our lives are deeply rooted in groups. We not only live in groups, but we also depend on the people in our groups to survive.

“In light of that, they need to have as much information as possible about the people around them in order to know what various other people are like, who can and can't be trusted, who breaks group rules, who is friends with who, what other people's personalities and viewpoints are, and so on,” Leary says."


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Tue May 21, 2019 8:35 pm

Then there's the notion of ingroups and outgroups. Particularly ingroup favoritism which is a form of biased collectivist mentality which I too assume once had a survival purpose.



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Wed May 22, 2019 10:14 am

Interesting take. I engage in it as little as possible,



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Wed May 22, 2019 1:56 pm

Alphawolf wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 10:14 am
Interesting take. I engage in it as little as possible,
Same here, I prefer to talk about more positive things.


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Wed May 22, 2019 11:18 pm

If you think about it many people base their choices off gossip because of hearing that someone else has experienced something great in conversation therefore they have to do it too.


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Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:14 am

Once you have a wife and kids, nobody has time for that!


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