Gossip. It is everywhere.

Every week tens of millions of North Americans read gossip magazines, scan celebrity blogs and websites, and follow Twitter feeds that buzz incessantly with both rumours—and truth. Meanwhile office gossip about who got a raise, who is underperforming, and who is getting hired or fired, tirelessly fills our desires for workplace water-cooler chatter.

Let’s face it, we all gossip. We seek it, we spread it. And now language and evolutionary science says gossip is as old as time and will never go away. But is that such a bad thing?