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I love gossip especially when it about others and not me. Our gregarious nature and social needs are aspects apart from language and higher cognition that make us (arguably) superior. Gossip, as this author puts it, is not a character flaw but a higher evolved social skill. Gossip may help us figure out who are friends, competitors, cooperators, cheaters, or mates. It can make us more knowledgeable. Not gossiping could mean that we are not trustworthy and that might throw us out of the social circle. I have been at the receiving end of gossip as well. A gossiper can be highly influential and popular even if he is cunning or wily. However, the awareness that others might be discussing us can keep us in check. Read on – there’s more about usefulness of gossip in the write-up.