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Girls don’t like pretty rivals: They are more likely to gossip about another student if she is attractive or …

Scientists analysed the gossiping habits of more than 100 female studentsGirls are more likely to gossip about another woman wearing a low-cut topExperts say the reason behind this might not be down to malice or jealousyInstead it may be because gossipers are concerned for the safety of their peers 

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Women are more likely to spread rumours about another woman if she is attractive or provocatively dressed, new research has found.

Scientists discovered that girls are more likely to gossip about a woman wearing a low-cut top than the same woman dressed conservatively.

Previous research has suggested that girls are more likely to bully their attractive peers as part of evolved social weaponry that is a manifestation of women‘s competition to win a man.

But the authors of the new study suggest this bias may not be malicious and could be because the gossipers are concerned for the safety of their more skimpily dressed peers.

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Women are more likely to spread rumours about another woman if she is attractive or provocatively dressed. Scientists found that girls were more likely to gossip about a woman wearing a low-cut top than the same woman dressed conservatively (stock image)

The research, from experts at Florida State University, showed in a series of online experiments that women were more likely to spread gossip about attractive girls.

Past studies have shown that prettier women are more likely to be bullied while attractive boys are not. 

‘If you read about adolescent girls, you see these particular patterns,’ study coauthor Dr Tania Reynolds told the Times.

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‘It tends to be that girls gossip a lot more about other girls who are really attractive, popular or perceive to be flirty.’

Researchers have previously suggested these patterns are part of social weaponry that has evolved in women to help them compete for men.

Following their online experiments, the team tested this theory via a series of real-life tests using 104 female students.

The team suggest this bias may not be malicious and could be because the gossipers are concerned for the safety of their more skimpily dressed peers (stock image)

Participants were split into pairs and then joined by two strangers, who the students thought were joining them as part of a cooperation exercise.

The first person they met was Dr Reynolds’ research assistant, who the scientist described as ‘very beautiful and threatening’.

When meeting pairs of female students, Dr Reynolds’ assistant was either conservatively dressed or wearing a low-cut top.

During the meeting she would confide in the two participants that she was hungover and may have slept with two men the night before.

The students then moved on to their next ‘cooperation’ exercise, in which they met a second woman.

DO MEN GOSSIP AS MUCH AS WOMEN?

A shocking recent study revealed that men gossip as much as women.

And far from behaving like gentlemen, they are more likely than their female counterparts to bch about workmates.

Researchers quizzed more than 2,200 people about their gossiping habits and found that males and females are equally likely to share tittle-tattle in the office. 

But while women tend to talk supportively about colleagues, men try to run rivals down.

The researchers suggested that gossip gave women a way to compete in a non-physically threatening manner, while for men it helped build their self-confidence.

The study, published in March and carried out by Ariel University in Israel, asked participants to imagine describing a person they had just met to a friend and analysed the responses.

The authors concluded: ‘Our findings suggest women and men engage in the same amount of gossiping activity, undermining invidious common stereotypes.

‘The results indicated a statistically significant difference between genders, confirming that women‘s gossip is encoded with more positivity than that of men.’ 

The researchers noted down whether the pairs gossiped about their previous partner, and found they were far more likely to discuss the antics of Dr Reynolds’ assistant if she had been provocatively dressed when they met.

But Dr Reynolds suggested the gossip was typically not aimed at undermining her assistant.

She said: ‘I asked the second [actor] ‘how did they phrase it?’. A lot of them honestly just seemed worried about her.’

‘What I take from that is women may not even be doing this in a consciously malicious way.

‘It might feel as though they are really concerned. Probably spreading this is not helping that woman in the slightest though.’ 

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