Something from a Senior: Girls and Gossip

gossip_(1)At a high school campus gossip is everywhere. Gossip is printed on the bathroom stalls and crinkled notes. It travels through Facebook messages and hushed whispers. Gossip seems to be lurking everywhere.

“Sometimes people gossip and they don’t even realize it,” said senior Alicia Moreno. “It has become so natural to girls especially.”

Has gossip so regularly been used that it is now a normal part of a conversation? It sure seems that way. ”A lot of times girls exaggerate,” said mineydi Salcido. “It’s not a big deal if someone mentions you in a like a conversation,maybe they are saying nice things about you and even if they aren’t who cares? Everybody talks about everybody, that’s just the way it is. Like get over it.”

“I don’t like when people talk about me but I know they do,” said Suhey Fuentes. “You can’t help it. The best thing to do is just ignore it and live your life. If you ignore the gossip then it’s like it doesn’t even exist.”

Whether girls take gossip seriously or not, gossip is something that has affected,not just school campuses, but the social interaction between humans. Gossip tells people who to trust and who not to. It is a way to “know” a person without having to observe them.

Novelist Vanna Bonta once said, “It’s weird how people who are the least close to me or who’ve never even met me purport to be experts on the real me; and then, sadly, there are those who could be in touch with me but prefer to gossip with strangers about me.” Is gossip society’s prime social skill? It just might be.

By Anna Flores