Recently I was rewatching an old TV show and one episode was about rumors. We all know rumors are bad — even if some may increase the publicity of…

Recently I was rewatching an old TV show and one episode was about rumors. We all know rumors are bad — even if some may increase the publicity of celebrities. For us normal people, starting rumors about people puts pressure on the people as they struggle to disprove the rumors or deal with the attention they’re getting due to these rumors. Celebrities can probably use the attention if it’s a rumor about something good happening but for normal people, even those rumors are probably bothersome due to the attention it garners. Furthermore, if the rumors spread far enough, it might even wreck their reputation with people… and trust me, word of mouth spreads information more quickly than you could ever imagine. So, the next time before you pass on something you’ve heard from someone else, make sure you’ve confirmed the information or better yet, stop it at you. One less link makes a smaller network for the rumor to spread through.
– Vivian