Why are you allowing negativity into your life? Why do you meddle with trivial matters or gossips of sorts? Yes, it can be entertaining, but it pulls you away from the task at hand.
You cannot say YES to lower-tier life activities without saying NO to higher-tier ones. Every time you say YES to wasting time, energy and brain cells on useless topics, you say NO to living in accordance with principles and your values. Remember that, as Seneca said:
It’s not that life is short, but that we waste a lot of it