Excerpt from the Abilene Reporter-News:
Gossip never looks good if you’re the one getting gossiped about, admits Frank McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
But McAndrew is one of a growing number of researchers who speculate that gossip can actually serve good — maybe even noble — purposes.
“People tend to talk about gossip as some kind of character flaw, as if only nasty, inferior people do it,” he said. “But it’s part of our nature to be interested in information about other people.”