Sex Roles

, Volume 12, Issue 3–4, pp 281–286 | Cite as

An exploratory analysis of sex differences in gossip

  • Jack Levin
  • Arnold Arluke


This study examined sex differences in the quantity, targets, tone, and topics of gossip in the conversations of 76 male and 120 female college students. Contrary to popular beliefs, results indicated that the gossip of men and women contained similarities as well as differences. The data revealed that women spent more time gossiping than men and that women were much more likely than men to gossip about close friends and family members. However, no significant sex differences were uncovered regarding the derogatory tone of gossip and men and women were found to gossip about many of the same topics.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Levin
    • 1
  • Arnold Arluke
    • 1
  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityUSA

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