A social comparison account of gossip

The central thesis of this article is that all gossip involves social comparison. The authors address why gossip tends to be negative, make predictions about factors that trigger especially negative talk about others, and consider the morality of gossip.

Wert, S.R., & Salovey, P. (2004). A social comparison account of gossip. Review of General Psychology, 8, 122-137. doi:10.1037/1089-2680.8.2.122