Wonder why women gossip? Here’s the answer
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.