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Why do you think people start rumors about others?

Asked by Mom2BDec2010 (2666points) August 10th, 2010

Why do you think people start rumors about others? Happens all the time and I never understood why. Have you ever started a rumor about someone else?

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badminton80's avatar

People start rumors about others because they are #1. Bored #2. Jealous of that person. #3. Have low self-esteem and talking about others makes them feel good #4. That person may have done something to them and instead of confronting that person directly spreading a rumor is a passive-aggressive way of getting back at the person who did them wrong.

Cruiser's avatar

People start rumors so other people see how cool and important they must be to be able to know so much about everybody else’s business!

Austinlad's avatar

As suggested above, one reason is because it makes them feel important. It’s also a passive-aggressive way of getting back for some real or imagined insult or hurtAnd once a rumor gets rolling, it takes on a life of its own, too often impossible to refute. Just ask poor, blue-faced Desdemona.

YARNLADY's avatar

Attention seeking.

Blackberry's avatar

@badminto80 is correct.

Dewey420's avatar

ya. feel better about themselves. self-loathing as it were.

Dutchess_III's avatar

They’re petty.

boffin's avatar

…well here’s what I heard…

Dutchess_III's avatar

@boffin It was about Lilly Coyote wasn’t it! Wasn’t that SHOCKING??!!

boffin's avatar

...well not being one to speak out of turn…
I did hear

YARNLADY's avatar

Sometimes rumors are started by accident. “Does YARNLADY really belong to Mensa?” turns into “Did you hear that YARNLADY doesn’t really belong to Mensa, but her last two husbands were members?” or “YARNLADY used to be a tour escort, hee, hee you know what that really means…..”

(p.s. I met both of my husbands at Mensa meetings, and I help many local offices in the past.)

zenele's avatar

Men: low self-esteem, envy, both. Women: it’s in their dna. ~

Psst. I heard that Yarnlady is a high-priced Escort, masquerading as an older woman to attract older wealthier men on the internet. Beware.

perspicacious's avatar

I’ve often wondered if people really just make things up about someone and tell it as fact. It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone would do that or why.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

@YARNLADY You used to be in a mensa escort service!???? Oh, this is gonna be great!

People start rumors in an attempt to discredit whomever they started the rumor about. At the same time they start good rumors about themselves in the insane belief that everyone is going to see how great they are. They just never, ever realize that people always catch on. They won’t say anything, but said rumor monger gets a reputation of not being trustworthy. But they never seem to realize it.

boffin's avatar

That’s not what I hear on the street…

Seems she… Well…

mattbrowne's avatar

Eleanor Roosevelt said that great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. I would add: and start rumors.

papasan's avatar

They simply don’t have a life and have nothing better to do.

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