Policing Behavior

Gossiping is a good way of identifying friends and foes. We are either judge, jury or executioner when we gossip — and we use the information we cull to keep immoral influences at arm's length.

Research indicates that people who witnessed immoral behavior feel better aftergossiping about it to people who might have been affected. They are helping to spread the news, and therefore raise the possibility that the person in question is punished.

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