Why men and women gos­sip

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

HAV­ING a gos­sip is one of life’s small plea­sures. But women who in­dulge in it may be try­ing to dis­credit fe­male ri­vals.

A new study sug­gests some use it as a tac­tic to bad­mouth ri­vals for male at­ten­tion. Men tend to talk about oth­ers’ wealth and ath­leti­cism, but women fo­cused on phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, a Cana­dian study found.

Univer­sity of Ottawa re­searchers, writ­ing in the Evo­lu­tion­ary Psy­cho­log­i­cal Science, said: “Women re­ported gos­sip­ing sig­nif­i­cantly more than men, sug­gest­ing women may favour gos­sip as their pri­mary means of com­pet­ing for mates.”

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