Won­der why women gossip? Here’s the an­swer

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Women gossip. And so do men. But, women are more likely to use ru­mour-mon­ger­ing as tac­tics to bad­mouth a po­ten­tial ri­val who is com­pet­ing for a man’s at­ten­tion, claims a new study.

Ac­cord­ing to Adam Davis of Univer­sity of Ottawa in Canada, gos­sip­ing is a highly evolved so­cial skill and an in­tra­sex­ual com­pe­ti­tion tac­tic that re­lates to women’s and men’s evolved pref­er­ences. So, he sees it as es­sen­tial for in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, and not a flaw of char­ac­ter. For the re­search, 290 het­ero­sex­ual Cana­dian stu­dents, aged be­tween 17 and 30, com­pleted ques­tion­naires mea­sur­ing how com­pet­i­tive they are to­wards mem­bers of the same sex, es­pe­cially in terms of ac­cess to the at­ten­tion of po­ten­tial mates. Re­sults in­di­cated that women tend to gossip more, and en­joy it more. While men were more likely to gossip about achieve­ments — re­sources, wealth and ath­leti­cism —of their com­peti­tors, women of­ten tar­geted the phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance.

Women also found gossip to have greater so­cial value, which may al­low them gather more in­for­ma­tion about pos­si­ble com­peti­tors in the game of find­ing a mate.

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