Why Do Girls Gossip?

By , 23 January 2013

Why Do Girls Gossip?
Why Do Girls Gossip?

New Scientist recently published a short article explaining gossip. Here's an extract.

Stripped down, gossip is largely about who is sleeping with who, who would like to sleep with who, and what the local pecking order is in terms of power and influence - which, of course, influences who is sleeping with who.

This explains the purpose of gossip and also the reason for its semi-secrecy and disapproval. In a society where there is competition for mates, it is clearly desirable to know who is available and who is not, who has power and who does not. It is also important not to convey your engagement in the process of assessing these factors since this would alert rivals to your interest. Deniability of interest is therefore part of the process.

So deniability of interest explains why women disapprove of gossip while being the biggest consumers themselves.

Think of it like being at an auction. You want as much inside information on the products as possible but it needs to be gathered in a manner that won't reveal your interest since doing so will just attract unwanted competitors.

That's why girls gossip.

Why Do Girls Gossip?

About Roger Keays

Why Do Girls Gossip?

I guess I'd call myself a problem solver. Either that, or I'm some sort of organic machine designed to convert oxygen into carbon dioxide. You could go either way on that. I'm into languages and stuff. I wrote a book. It's okay, I guess. What else? I like reading, swimming, eating, and playing music. Satisfied? Sheesh.

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