Whether and how often people talk and gossip around us? Of course the answer to that question each of us knows for himself. Rumors are normal, they can carry a certain amount of humor and they are used for relaxation and reduce tension in communication with other people. But there is also another side of the coin with intent that a person be degraded. Gossip offends our own intelligence. The most common reason of gossip is feeling jealousy towards other people. The goal of such action is to harm the reputation of other people around us.
Many people gossiping retaliate in kind and then the indirect conflicts going around in circles. Gossiping also occurs when we are dissatisfied with our expectations. Gossip is one of the oldest means of sharing facts, views and slander.The source of gossiping very often comes from with in ourselves, by believing other people hurt us in some way, or that they are more successful, or we do this out of boredom. However, if we look at the whole situation from a different angle, very often slandering a person can look bad in the eyes of others. What are our chances to remain unnoticed? It often depends on the dynamics of the society in which we live. With gossip we risk that we will rarely be taken seriously even when we speak the truth. So we have to be careful with gossiping because it is often a double-edged sword.
As for gossip in the virtual world, you could agree with me that there is a lot more freedom. I suppose that there is at least one rare online chat that happens without the occasional gossip, presenting a person in a slighty worse light. Conflicts that we have in the virtual world are usually much easier to get through than ones in the real world. Rumors spread much quicker and are more pronounced when communicating online with friends than if we are sitting with them at coffee, a favorite place for many people to gossip. The essence of humanity is often a constant means of effort to subdue nature itself, and it often crosses a sense of responsability.