I don't agree with that. I've seen groups of men in the professional world who commonly rip on whoever is absent from their circle at that time. Then, when that guy gets there and another guy is absent, they all rip on him. As long as you're there, it's all jokes and happiness; once you're out of the room, it's all about what a fucking ****** you are. Not much better than your average high school cheerleader coven.
Perhaps, but then those groups are not the chosen social groups of those individuals (unless they happen to be friends outside of work) which puts them firmly in the "competing with outside parties" role. I personally find the opposite in my work environment, this is an office environment with about a 50/50 male/female split. The women do this, but the men tend to only communicate with or about each other in regards to getting sh*t done or avoiding an obstacle which admittedly CAN be another person but it's typically the same retards we complain about rather than being driven by the convenience of absence.
If I have a problem with a friend I tell him he's being an *******, I don't go to another friend and ***** about him to try and sway social favour. It's not a competition it's and observation and advisement. Edited, May 4th 2012 12:36pm by Yodabunny