It is indeed sad to know that even your best friend or someone you truly trust will talk about you behind your back. It is a pastime with people who have no life of their own that they will discuss and ridicule others but themselves. It is just like making excuses for every shortcomings they have.
“As well as their breath, body odor, speech patterns, and the way they walked, not to mention general discussion based on the perception that the participant who had left the room was most likely a world-class prick.”
According to the data, 89 percent of volunteers appeared to listen attentively to the subject’s receding footsteps, 47 percent raised their eyebrows and smirked as the subject left, and 23 percent mouthed the words “what the f—!” to others in the room as the door was closing, which usually triggered bouts of stifled giggling.
Perhaps most exciting was the 9 percent of volunteers who silently flipped the subject off as they left the room. Phillips said the lower-order cognitive functions responsible for knee-jerk gossiping may have played an ancient role in survival by encouraging those in proximity to band together.