Gossip. Whether you want to admit or not, you do it. (You’ve seen Mean Girls, right?)

And according to new research from the University of Ottawa, not only do you probably find it enjoyable, but it’s essential for interpersonal relationships. This is especially true when it comes to snagging the guy that you’re interested in over other women—but it’s still a little bit complicated.

In the study, recently published in Springer’s journal Evolutionary Psychological Science, researchers asked more than 200 Canadian students (both men and women between the ages of 17 and 30) to complete three questionnaires measuring how competitive the participants were with members of the same sex as their own, as well as questions about their gossiping habits.