Cursing Linked to Honesty
People who swear the most tend to be the most honest, according to a team of researchers who found that cursing is used more as a way to express emotion than to show disrespect or disparage others. Rather than being anti-social, people who curse may actually be better at presenting their true selves.
In the first part of the two-part study, researchers interviewed 276 people about their cursing habits and honesty levels. Then, they used earlier research showing that people who lie frequently tend to write in the third person and use more negative words to analyze the Facebook status updates of more than 73,000 users, measuring profanity and honesty in the posts. Each result showed a connection between swearing and higher levels of honesty.
Early studies have suggested that cursing may also be an indicator of higher verbal intelligence. The title of this most recent study, which was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, is “Frankly, we do give a damn: The relationship between profanity and honesty.”
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