We live in an age of rapidly moving information…and misinformation. So rumors can often hurt those that don’t bother to check their facts and when we spread rumors, we need to check our motives. Why are we spreading said gossip? What do we have to gain by sharing this tale and do we know for sure that what we’re sharing is 100% true? If not, perhaps we shouldn’t be sharing it. A good way to approach gossip is to think about the people you’re talking about. If you wouldn’t want them to know you said what you’re saying, you probably shouldn’t say it. It’s that simple. As listeners, we have a responsibility, as well. If someone is dishing out the “tea” about someone we care about, we shouldn’t just sit there listening and accepting these stories as truth. We can simply remind the story teller that we’re not interested in the gossip. If we all stop being so receptive to gossip, the gossip queens won’t have an audience. And chances are if they’re talking about everyone else behind their backs, they’re probably talking about us when we’re not around, too.
for information regarding the background, see previous post: Disposable