Studies Find That Gossip Isn’t Just Loose Talk

first_imgThe New York Times: GOSSIP. Almost all of us do it, most of us are embarrassed about it, and sometimes, to our horror, we get caught.But not all gossip is bad, and, in fact, gossip can be useful in maintaining social norms and keeping people in line.Maybe it sounds as if I’m just trying to rationalize the desire to sometimes spread a few juicy bits of information, but recent research looks at the good side of gossip.First, the definition of gossip is fairly neutral. As Robin Dunbar, an anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist at the University of Oxford who has written widely about gossip, notes, the word gossip originally just meant chatting with one’s “godsibs,” or the peer equivalent of godparents — in other words, people you were particularly close to.In more modern terms, Timothy Hallett, associate professor in the Indiana University sociology department, defined it as “the unsanctioned evaluative talk about people who aren’t present.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Report: Sheffield Sharks 90-71 Bristol Flyers

first_imgMalcolm Riley poured in 35 points including nine 3-pointers in an impressive display to down the Flyers who had won both of their games last weekend.Bristol were without Aaron Cosby, but made a bright start to lead 12-17 after the first quarter despite 10 points from Riley.However, the Sharks bounced back in the second as they turned things around to lead 32-25 on a three from Riley and would still be leading by seven at the half.Sheffield pushed on to lead by as many as 12 in the third, but the visitors kept battling and a strong start to the fourth saw the gap cut to three at 65-62.Back-to-back triples from Riley capped an 11-0 burst from the Sharks as they pulled away for the win with Bristol missing the chance to move above their South-West rivals, Plymouth Raiders, who also lost.last_img read more