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Debate Score:83
Arguments:66
Total Votes:100
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Is gossip a sign of low intelligence?

Do people gossip simply because they're not knowledgeable in constructive conversation? I don't get on well with a lot of people because I generally do not enjoy or partake in gossip. 

Yes

Side Score: 34
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No

Side Score: 49
2 points

Yes. Gossips is a form of destructive criticism that people with low intelligence uses to bring others into their level. Aggression is an important psychological defense so they may avoid looking down upon themselves. And continue believing in their false greatness

So as the saying goes

"Great people discuss great ideas, Average people talk about things, Small people talks about other people"

Side: Yes
hannah165(520) Disputed
1 point

"Great people discuss great ideas, Average people talk about things, Small people talks about other people"

I really disagree with this quote. An average mind discusses all of the above. I'm sure that you have discussed ideas. I'm sure that you have discussed things. And I'm positive that you have discussed other people. We all have. This quote makes no sense. It assumes that you only talk about one thing. To me, that is a sign of a small mind.

Side: No
Centifolia(1318) Clarified
1 point

Sorry but you misunderstood the quote.

Heres how it works:

"Great people discuss great ideas"

- It implies the willingness to improve themselves by being open for new experiences

"Average people talk about things,"

-It implies contentment with their current status in life

"Small people talks about other people""

-It implies their foolishness wherein instead of improving themselves, they try to bring others down instead

Proverbs are rich in metaphors and symbolism. Dont take it too seriously

Side: Yes
Lynaldea(1231) Disputed
1 point

That quote is not relevant and inaccurate.

A. Some people can, and are, be all of those things at one time or another. Meaning, great people even gossip while small people can discuss great ideas and everything in between. To categorize people into those 3 definitions is vague and like I said not relevant or real at all.

B. Gossip is something that all people do all of the time whether you know it or not. People are constantly talking about other people, day in and day out. Whether it be about sports, television, food, whatever; everything involves people and therefore, people are always talked about in whatever people do; for good or bad; there are many forms of gossip.

And C. I've seen and read that quote so many times and it does not apply to people, in any way shape or form.

Side: No
Centifolia(1318) Disputed
1 point

A. I agree, but compared to small people, only great men will not take gossips for truth

B. Nope, gossips are negative news spread by bored people without any valid proof yet they take it as fact. News and creative criticism does not belong to the definition of gossips

Side: Yes
Euler(14) Disputed
1 point

You are talking about others/gossiping right know ...therefore you are cu*t by your own definition ... :)

Side: No
Centifolia(1318) Disputed
1 point

Gossip is different from Creative Criticism

Side: Yes
2 points

It is not normal that people talk about others while they have own problems. Firstly people should rearrange own lives then give accusing speeches. Secondly it looks awful when someone is gossiping in bad way behind other's back. If you are so cool, go ahead and tell it face to face.

Side: Yes
Intangible(4933) Disputed
1 point

It is not normal

I have to disagree. If it's not normal then why does most of the american population gossip? Wouldn't the norm be the behavior that is most recurring? (I say american because I can not give an opinion on any other nations)

Side: Yes
jj20131090(11) Disputed
1 point

It is not normal. People start gossiping when they are unhappy/boring and etc. which in turn is not normal at all. Parents gave us education, they raise up us but they raised us not for gossiping. We should our lives, we should be so busy and we should not have time for gossiping. That is normal.

Side: Yes

Yes. Though some people of higher intelligence will "dumb themselves down" to fit the current social situation and may end up gossiping.

Note: It's only gossiping when it is about unconfirmed information. Mere conjecture.

Side: Yes
1 point

In general I find me talking about other people only because I'm kind of pushed into it by other people.

I'd prefer to talk about the Universe, our minds, and just shit that seems to seek a higher truth. Not what other people are doing.

But I'm also a strange person in other people's eyes. But the people I hang out with study biology and chemistry, so they aren't "dumb", but they seem to not give a shit about philosophy.

so i can't really say "low intelligence," and hell, the concept of working hard and studying to become someone who works for some corporation and attributes the Military Industrial Complex and apathetic Consumerism is despicable to me, but to them it's just the normal way.

So I'd say gossip is a sign of lacking self-awareness. These people are slaves, not "stupid" in the classical sense.

Side: Yes
2 points

So I'd say gossip is a sign of lacking self-awareness. These people are slaves, not "stupid" in the classical sense.

That's exactly it, but my theory is that good self awareness comes with higher intelligence.

You need strengthened thought processes to figure out what's really going on with you.

Side: Yes
1 point

people try to show that they are intelligent but in real the are not that clever what tehy appear to be.

Side: Yes
Allan_osborn(36) Clarified
1 point

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Side: Yes

I remember in the movie, "Doubt," how gossip was pictured as evil.

Side: Yes

Provided we are classifying gossip as discussing personal details of another with a third party not within the zone of familiarity then I will strongly declare myself on the yes side. I suppose I should start reading up on the personal lives of celebrities, politicians and athletes so I can convey a modicum of small talk to people who need it to bond socially. (How about that game?)

Side: Yes
5 points

Who told you I said this? Not that I did.... I bet it was Srom wasn't it? He's always causing trouble you know. I think it's because he hangs out with Dana, that girl is bad news but you didn't hear that from me.

Side: No
1 point

Oh Hellno. You'll never learn man! It wasn't me because I haven't messaged Troy in a long time.

Oh I see how it is. Just because I am getting along with Dana you think I am causing trouble but that's not the case.

Side: No
4 points

Oh Josh. You'll never learn man! It was a joke... this debate is about "GOSSIP"... and my argument WAS gossip. Get it? No... LOL. That's the irony because I used you and Dana because I knew you two would be the only people that wouldn't get it.

Side: No
Allan_osborn(36) Clarified
1 point

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Side: Yes
Allan_osborn(36) Clarified
1 point

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Side: Yes
Allan_osborn(36) Disputed
1 point

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Side: Yes
LibPatriot(328) Disputed
0 points

I will pray for you. .

Side: Yes
Hellno(17756) Disputed
2 points

Don't bother... your God knows a joke when he hears one, unlike you.

Side: No
Allan_osborn(36) Clarified
1 point

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Side: Yes
4 points

No, in fact if could be quite the opposite. Sometimes people of higher intellect discuss people of lower intelligence just for short-term amusement. But, just like watching a lab rat on a wheel, it soon becomes boring, monotonous and not worth the effort.

Side: No
Allan_osborn(36) Clarified
1 point

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Side: Yes
3 points

Is this why you don't partake in my Dana debates?

Side: No
2 points

everybody gossips. one time or another. it doesn't have to be bad always. too much of anything is bad though. most people tend to become unpopular due to gossiping.

but it is a good way to vent out frustration about the person concerned.

but coming to the point. low intelligence? i think not.

Side: No
2 points

I feel that we're ignoring what actually makes an conversation "intelligent" and despite what is believed, it's not the subject matter that makes it so. For one to exercise one's wits in the form of communication, they do not always have to fall back on "ideas". Anyone can discuss Plato or Chomsky, but to what degree of understanding and whether anything insightful or new is brought to light is a different matter all together. Sure, perhaps gossip doesn't require the most comprehension of all the types of communication, but it can still stretch intellect, and and often requires crude wit. For instance, even in the smallest of talk, people tend to throw jokes here and there, often to add to the relevance of the topic on hand and to add depth to the conversation. Even the most seemingly vapid of these jokes require some form of wit and introspection. In fact, many of these gossipers possess a sense of humor that a large chunk users on this website are sorely missing.

Side: No

I think gossip is more a sign of poor emotional adjustment than low intelligence. I've known some rather simple individuals who do not indulge in gossip, and some very intelligent ones who do.

Side: No
1 point

I think that gossiping has nothing to do with the intelligence of the person. More often people who have shallow relationships with other people do this, as well as, people who have low self confidence and tell negative things about others to feel more worthy.

Side: No