During one of the talks at the recent Winter Meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour a painting by Norman Rockwell, The Gossip, was used to illustrate information diffusion (here some gossip) in a group of individuals (here Rockwell’s neighbourhood). To me, it not only demonstrates that humans are quite good in spreading information, but also, how much we love to do so. Most people are curios on the border to being nosy. I wonder how important this personality trait might be for the success of a species/population/group of individuals.
We want to keep track of what is happening around us and observing others or taking up information they provide might help us to do so. Did the world change, or the relationships between the people around us? Both could be relevant to our survival. One of these cases were more information seems to be better than less.
If you want to know more about the painting and its creation, have a look at Rompedas’ blog.