Who is Gossiping around the town!!!

 

All of us indulge in some form of gossip, whether it’s workplace chatter, the sharing of family news or group texts between friends, it’s inevitable that everyone who talks, well, talks about other people. It’s something that comes very naturally to us. Gossiping gives humans the ability to spread valuable information to very large social networks. Social Scientists believe people hearing gossip showed more activity in the prefrontal cortex of their brains, which is key to our ability to navigate complex social behaviors.

As fellow AUSTRALIAN I know that we love to talk about ourselves to anyone who will listen. Maybe a little too much! Whether it’s with our mates, on social media or at work, we love to share.  The British are most likely to gossip about their partners, a French about their salaries, job benefits, an Indian who they don’t like in the office and a Japanese most likely about health. But the one common thing is that all these people across all locations gossip while having TEA!

Almost from the time tea was popularized in England in the 1600s by Charles II's Portuguese wife, Catherine of Braganza, tea drinking has been synonymous with female tittle-tattle. One reason for this was that "giving a tea" started out as an exclusively female ritual. But, mainly, it was good old sexism at work. Although men drank as much tea and gossiped as avidly as women, it was the latter that got stuck with the bad rap.

Four centuries later, the tea-and-tattle connection is alive and steaming — though the sexist overtones are less overt. The mind-stimulating benefits of the tea complements the spirit of sober academic discussion and debate evident at the various educational institutes. The gathering during team time started to contain a potent mix of news, Gossip and moral advice. The highly charged discussions and intellectual nature of the tea-lovers also overflowed into the literary world. From all walks of life people gather to take sip of a cup of tea and chat with their neighbours, free from the social conventions of class and deference that were usually extended to social superiors in other settings.

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