Your Brain Is Built To Make You Good At Gossip

Gossiping is not considered a nice or polite thing to do, but we’re wired to do it. Author Yuval Harari argues in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, that gossip is the foundation of our species’ survival. Gossiping or sharing social knowledge involves retrieving previously acquired information about an individual from our vast social network, a process that’s more complicated than it sounds. A 2016 study revealed those with large social networks were far more efficient at processing the biographical information of new people compared to those with smaller social networks. In short: gossip helps us remember social information, which ultimately helps us establish social order and cooperation. As Harari explains in his book, “Social cooperation is our key for survival and reproduction. It is not enough for individual men and women to know the whereabouts of lions and bisons.” (NY Mag