Have you ever started a rumor? Have you ever heard a rumor and continued to spread it? Have you ever exaggerated a rumor? I think we all pretty much have done this in our life time. But what bothers me the most about it is when people are old enough to understand the effect that rumors can have on other people, and themselves as well. I believe it’s very childish to spread rumors or start them, for that matter. Some people spread rumors out of mere jealousy. Others spread rumors believing that it’s the hottest news that can win them points for being in “the know.” Unfortunately, I have witnessed many rumor spreading expeditions for the first reason.
When accused of spreading a rumor, people often retort with, “why would I be jealous? I’m not jealous.” What I don’t understand is the need to feed people false information. I strongly dislike when people come to me talking about other people. It’s truly a pet peeve of mine. I almost never believe anything anyone has to say about another person. It’s better to just mind your business. Being caught up in someone else’s falsehood or drama is just not worth it. I tend to cut people off who fall into gossipy habits. It’s something that’s just not admirable.
Rumors are not only unnecessary, but they can really affect people in negative ways. I’ve personally always tried to avoid and ignore rumors because it doesn’t really make sense to me to care about what others have to say. But everyone doesn’t share the same view. Some people care about what other people think or say and for some people it can completely dissatisfy them. Not everyone is going to care how someone feels about the rumors they spread, and they’re selfish people. I truly hope that people who indulge in the rumor-spreading world grow out of such a nasty habit.