Study Finds More Men Gossip Than Women

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Men who gossip outnumber women two to one and 80 percent of our conversations are gossip, according to a British study. Researchers say gossip helped cavemen elect leaders and catch thieves, and only 5% is malicious. [N.Y. Daily News]

DISCUSSION

I wonder if men and women define gossip differently. for instance, i dont think 2 people talking about a 3rd party is necessarily gossip but my old (male) rooommate felt that any tiime you talk about someone "behind their back" it's gossip. i only define something as gossip when it's got a touch of salaciousness about it, like "ooh guess who X hooked up with last night!"