Good Gossip & the Information Vacuum

We all like gossip I read an article recently that suggested that everyone — men and women — like a bit of gossip, the generally harmless chat that happens when people gather together and have a few minutes to spare. They might share a moan about everything and anything but they also talk about the good stuff and share non-essential but welcome information about what they did at the weekend, what’s happening with the kids, the cats or the latest movie. We seem to enjoy gossip as long as it’s not too much, or too little… we don’t like it when people don’t gossip. You know the situation when someone is sitting in on your every-day conversation but isn’t contributing, you may feel a bit uncomfortable. You may begin to mistrust them… after all, gossiping is pretty relaxed and unguarded. The need for information All this got me thinking about how people feel about information and how they react when they don’t get information which they think they need. After observing this for some time I came to the conclusion that when we don’t get information which we think is relevant to us it creates a vacuum… a vacuum that sucks in nothing but negativity. The information vacuum in action In the airport when the screen says ‘flight delayed’ we only last a few minutes before we start thinking negative thoughts. If, after ten minutes, the screen is still giving nothing away, we’re not just thinking bad things, we start telling other people just how incompetent this airline really is. However, when a member of the airline staff comes out...