'I felt sorry for the person that was being gossiped about--I wasn't sure how to respond to what was being said as I was just in the office working when the conversation started?
There are a number of complex issues here since engaging in gossip may either: (1) enable the expression of concern, for example about another person's health or circumstances, or (2) result in feelings of concern for the third party being gossiped about.
Arguably, participants may have gossiped about participating in this diary study or about the research.
For example, finding that a friend has gossiped
about matters one thinks of as confidential can lead to a lost sense of security within the relationship (as well as more broadly), and to broken trust.(38) Gossip may damage relationships with persons who hear stories and may negatively affect the job security of the person gossiped
(1948) demonstrate how the leaders of a housing project gossiped about a new community worker when they felt their leadership position threatened, which had the consequence of maintaining group values and norms and preserving the old leadership structure.
First, he suggests that if the person being gossiped about is not present then the process (the 'encounter') is relatively unproblematic and consensual.
Also, those who gossiped
with a variety of people became thought of as "untrustworthy", making them less popular within the office.
Vice presidents and directors also gossiped
the most down the chain, with the heaviest downward flow originating from their level and ending up at the lowest, rank-and-file level.