Dishing out or listening to gossip. One cannot resort to sexist myths about this very human behavior. Despite the stereotypes, men gossip at least as much as women do perhaps more. Even though most of the world’s major faiths condemn the practice, humans cannot seem to steer away from it.
The reason, say studies, is that humans want to bond with other humans. If the other person has shared a tidbit of gossip with you, which means that he or she trusts you. Your instinct, then, is to participate in the conversation, even if it is hurtful to a third party. In fact, scientists say, people build more cohesive bonds discussing negative information than positive.