Is the internet having a chilling effect on gossip?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but U.K. writer Ian Leslie argues that the gossip is being thwarted in the digital age (iStock)

It may seem counter-intuitive, but U.K. writer Ian Leslie argues that the gossip is being thwarted in the digital age (iStock)

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U.K. writer Ian Leslie joins Jian to make the case for gossip, and explain why he thinks the internet is having a chilling effect on this most human of activities.

"I think it's dawning on us that, on the internet nothing is private," said Leslie, adding that people seem increasingly hesitant to share confidences about the group via email, text, social media - but, increasingly, in person.

Leslie argues that, as people tighten up, we not only lose sight of the inside story, but also become dullards.

"If people don't gossip with you, their just a little too uptight to be trusted."

What do you think? Is the decline of gossip, particularly in intimate circles and in the workplace, a bad thing? Are you suspicious of people who refuse to gossip -- or are you that person?

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