Nothing new. It’s been around since the dawn of time and not likely to disappear any time soon. No one is innocent of it, and I do mean no one.
Gossip is defined as “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” After all, how could the listener confirm whether or not anything is true? Maybe you are talking about the new car your neighbor bought that is really cool, or discussing how a friend spoils her child. Maybe you’re only telling what seems to be a funny anecdote about something you and your friend did. You don’t have to be unkind to gossip, but talking about others is always gossip, no matter the story.
Sometimes people ARE unkind. Human nature I suppose; the result of jealousy or envy or gosh knows what. Not the best character traits, to be sure.
The Beauty industry isn’t any more immune to gossip than any other. Gossip is rife on the boards, in private messages, and during phone calls. Why not? It’s a highly competitive industry. Everyone is competing against one another for business. That’s absolutely natural. Without competition, no one strives harder to do better. It’s when competition gets ugly that things get out of hand. When harmless chatter leads to nasty gossip.
Or worse – deliberate attempts to tarnish the reputation of an individual or business.
I don’t mean when you’re dissatisfied with a product and complain about it. Or maybe a company took too long to process your order?
I mean when it gets really ugly. I shouldn’t have to explain what that means. Ugliness that I witnessed in a nail tech group is what prompted this status post on my FB. More ugliness that was screenshot and sent to me by someone frustrated with seeing that sort of ugliness, who needed to vent her frustrations.
A very respected member of our industry posted a status that reads “I’m too busy working on my grass to notice if yours is greener”. Wise words. That’s why she’s respected. She doesn’t play the gossip game.
So my advice is stop listening to the squawking of Nasty Old Crows. What did they ever do for you except S**t on your car right after you washed it?