DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN USEFUL AND NEGATIVE
Not all gossip is created equal, however, and some chatter does have negative implications. “Once you f ind yourself listening to comments about someone’s family or personal life, you’ve crossed the line,” Reardon says. It’s also a problem if people are talking about others so often that everyone’s afraid of being gossiped about. However, negative gossip is far rarer than we think. “Most of what we call gossip is usually positive or neutral,” LaBianca says, and that kind of information can be quite useful to listen to and pass on.