Rumors and Gossip


A rumor is a statement that is circulated about an unknown fact or event. It can range from a rumor about an affair to a rumor about a weapon of mass destruction. It can be spread by an anonymous source, who may be partisan and may profit from its diffusion. In a high-tech society where people can easily exchange information electronically, a rumor can spread extremely quickly.

Social psychologists Prashant Bordia and Nicholas DiFonzo have conducted research on rumor. They are currently completing a book on the subject. Their work focuses on the sensemaking aspects of rumors at the individual level. It also explores the role of stable cause attributions in rumor formation, which can influence perceptions and predictions.

Rumors can be difficult to identify because they are unsubstantiated statements with unknown origins. It is estimated that 89% of rumors are false. However, they can damage your reputation, especially if the source is unknown. It is better to ignore rumors rather than believe them, as they can make you look foolish.

Rumors come in all shapes and sizes. They range from rumors about an event or an idea that is not confirmed. They are spread by word of mouth, and they can be true, false, or semi-true. The word rumor is derived from the Latin word rumorem, meaning “noise”.

Rumors about Aven’s suckup with brandon in the 5th period were not true. Aven denied giving the kid her head. But rumors about the girl doing it still exist. Despite the fact that it was a rumor, the girl in question did not deny any of it.

Rumors are harmful and can alienate friends. They can also lead to relational aggression. Teens who regularly engage in gossip may be trying to gain social status by destroying others’ reputations. It is important for parents to learn the difference between rumors and gossip. Remember, rumors have no verifiable source and they can cause real harm.