Yes, you read it right.
Nobody talks about scientific hypothesis in a lunch with their friend. That girl has a bad fashion sense or that guy is a playboy..
Who is sleeping with whom? Whom did you find kissing in the balcony? Did your neighbor aunt sneakingly stole something? The gossip is all over.
All apes show a keen interest in such social information, but they have trouble gossiping effectively. Neanderthals and archaic Homo sapiens probably also had a hard time talking behind each other’s backs – a much maligned ability which is in fact essential for cooperation in large numbers. The new linguistic skills the modern Sapiens acquired about seventy millennia ago enabled them to gossip for hours on end. Reliable information about who could be trusted meant that smaller bands could expand into larger bands…
The gossip theory might sound like a joke… Even today, the vast majority of human communication – whether in the form of emails, phone calls or newspaper columns – is gossip… Do you think that history professors chat about the reasons for the First World War when they meet for lunch, or that nuclear physicists spend their coffee breaks at scientific conferences talking about quarks? Sometimes.
Gossip theory suggests that human always needed information to bring a strong bonding. This distinguishes us from apes or neanandthals. The apes just couldn’t gossip. The forms of communication that we have like -email , sms, whatsapp are all the means of gossiping.
Gossiping evolved from early homo sapiens and has hugely contributed to share effective communication. The communication if goes right gets trending and viral just like Priya’s Wink Or Paris Hilton’s Sex Tape or Donald’s Tweets ( oh i am kidding!)
So if you feel yourself guilty about gossiping too much, don’t be! You are slowly evolving a better communicator and also helping our evolution grow!
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