The Effects of Gossiping in High School
By Liz DiMasso
Lions Roar Staff
High school is a huge part of one’s life everyone remembers forever. It is the time of students’ lives where they make lifelong friends and set up for their future life goals. Although school exists to give students an education, there is a big social aspect to it. Each student gets to experience spirit week, sports games, dances, and many other memorable events. Along with the exciting events comes some more stressful ones too, such as midterms, final exams, and standardized tests, which can take a toll on students. High school is known by many as the best four years of one’s life, but with the ups of high school comes many downs.
Some of the biggest ‘downs’ in high school are gossiping and rumors, which happen at most of high school’s frequent events. Many wish students could all be positive and uplifting to everyone around them, but that is not the case. Kids in high school like the attention from gossiping and spreading rumors and some feel more accepted when talking harshly about others, to feel better about themselves. This can destroy the high school community and the people in it.
Gossiping and rumors are slightly different from each other, but both have a painful effect on who is being talked about. Gossiping is usually talked about behind ones’ back, providing personal information about someone that one does not want to get out. On the other hand, rumors are pieces of information spread that are not necessarily true, going from one person to another. The false information included in rumors can cause the target of these rumors to feel lonely and depressed. This can affect students’ grades and work ethic and cause everything to go downhill in one’s life.
According to Social Issues Research Center, about two-thirds of our conversation time is entirely devoted to social topics about others. This includes others’ relationships and personal lives. Kids gossip to keep friends and bond with others when there is nothing else to talk about.
Unfortunately, some kids feel like they have nothing better to do than talk badly about others. This takes place at almost every high school in the world, including LHS. Many students at Lincoln High School confirmed they hear about new rumors and gossip everyday they walk into school. LHS junior Hannah Schermerhorn said, “Students gossip because they think it will make high school more interesting, even if that means tearing down other people.” Many students can be harsh and some do not care about others feelings and do not realize the distress they are causing to high schoolers. Schermerhorn also mentioned, “Students being talked about become very sad and some don’t even want to go to school. I have seen several people crying about rumors said about them and it truly wrecks their self esteem.”
Students should not be scared to come to school when it is supposed to be a positive learning environment and a time to bond with friends. Students at LHS need to take more action to stop spreading rumors and when they hear other people gossiping, they need to tell them to stop because they could be severely hurting others.
Although it seems impossible, Lincoln High School and other high schools in the world can make a change. High school should be an amazing memory, not one students will want to forget for the rest of their lives.