~The Findings

Now that we are pretty certain that most of us are gossiping, and we're clear on whether or not we're spreading information or participating in "idle chat," the question is- exactly who is perpetuating the cycle of gossip?

It was reported by a Social Issues Research Center that gossip accounts for 55% of men's conversation time and 67% of women's, a much smaller gap between the two sexes than usually thought.(2)

Men's pie chart Women's pie chart

~Are We Really that different?

So why all of the assumptions that women gossip more than men? Is it because women aren't as discreet about it? Or that they have a wider range of tone inflection so it's more obvious? Some would argue that men discuss subjects considered more important, including politics. As one psychologist wrote, "It is said that women gossip more than men do. Perhaps they only do it better. Men just call it "networking. Men are much more interested in who is up and who is down. Women tend to gossip more about who's in and who has merit. "(9)

But others would argue that we are all guilty of using gossip as a vital method of communication. Some would even say that we thrive on the juicy tidbits that we eagerly wait to hear and share. Whatever the reason, we all seem to be doing it, and loving every minute of it.

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