Have you been keeping that juicy gossip to yourself? Do you feel guilty sharing a rumor? Well, now you have a good excuse to tell the buzz. Experts say, gossiping is good for health. It increases the production of oxytocin, the same chemical produced when we're in love.
Researchers from the University of Pavia in Italy studied the effects of gossip on 22 women. They learned that gossiping increased the levels of oxytocin in the brain a lot higher compared when having an ordinary conversation.
Accodring to lead author of the study, Dr Natascia Brondino, the release of oxytocin made people feel closer. Which was also observed in the participants after they shared gossips.
"Psychological characteristics, e.g. empathy, autistic traits, perceived stress, envy, did not affect oxytocin rise in the gossip condition," the authors wrote
According to researchers, they didn't include men in the study because it may affect the results. Attraction to another person may also start the release of oxytocin, thus they only chose women participants for the tests.
Brondino believes her findings proved the vital importance of gossip in human social interaction.
"It serves a useful social function," Dr Natascia Brondino told the Broadly
. "It brings people closer together than they would be if they were talking about some impersonal topic. And it can help us figure out who to trust, because we can hear information about people we don't know from trusted sources."
Now, we know that gossiping has good and bad effects. Though, it may be beneficial for our health, spreading rumors should still be done the right way, according to experts. We just have to make sure we're not damaging other people's life or reputation, especially if the story isn't true.
But Nicki has a point. lol