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Women gossip more than men, but in a neutral way

People gossip for an  average 52 minutes a day.

People gossip for an average 52 minutes a day.

While people gossip 52 minutes a day on average in 16 waking hours, women don’t engage in “tear-down” gossip any more than men, reveals an interesting study.

According to researchers from University of California-Riverside, lower income people don’t gossip more than their more well-to-do counterparts and younger people are more likely to gossip negatively than their older counterparts.

“There is a surprising dearth of information about who gossips and how, given public interest and opinion on the subject,” said Megan Robbins, assistant professor who led the study.

“Everyone gossips and gossip is ubiquitous,” the researchers noted in the paper published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science .

Extroverts gossip far more frequently than introverts while women gossip more than men but only in neutral, information-sharing way, study showed.


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