Why we love to gossip
Huffington Post - 11/15/2014
Humans have a powerful drive to know about other people’s lives. It’s the fascination — often seasoned liberally with schadenfreude — behind a welter of magazines and television programs that have made celebrity gossip a more than $3 billion industry. “Your life may be more glamorous than mine,” we might think as we scan the covers, “but I’m not alcoholic”
Some argue that, at least in the workplace, gossip serves a useful purpose. Northeastern University professor Dr. Jack Levin, author of Gossip: The Inside Scoop, says it can actually be good for our emotional health. (He makes an exception for the weapons-grade rumor-mongering that destroys reputations.) In general, he believes, gossip is a force that ties together social and business networks. Others identify it as a way to see behind the curtain of employer pronouncements.