21 Jan '12, 2pm

TODAYonline | World | Gossip 'calms you down, maintains social ...: LONDON - Gossip is healthy because it helps

LONDON - Gossip is healthy because it helps calm you down and is important in maintaining social order, a new study claims. Idle chatter in the workplace or over coffee is often viewed as a damaging habit that spreads salacious rumours and harms reputations. But new research suggests gossip could actually lower stress and help people overcome the frustration of seeing someone doing something wrong and getting away with it. Psychologists from the University of California, Berkeley found that the heart rates of volunteers rose when they observed someone misbehaving, but this stopped when they were allowed to discuss what they had seen with others. According to the researchers, the study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, focused on "prosocial" gossip, which helps spread information about dishonest people rather than voyeuristic chatter about the ...

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