Study Finds, People Who Swear Aren't Only Smarter, They're WAY More Honest

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Shut the front door, ’bout to learn today.

Turns out, there’s a goddamned shitload of fun fucking facts about profanity. And you bitches ’bout to learn today.

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The science behind honesty and a potty mouth:

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, Maastricht University, Hong Kong university and Stanford found that people who swear more are more likely to be honest people. those who swear do not filter their language... or their stories. So, for those of us who tend to drop those f-bombs a bit more frequently than we'd like, it turns out we may on average not only be smarter, but WAY more honest too.

Perhaps, the next time someone criticizes you for littering your vocabulary with swear words, just say: “I was just being honest.”

The authors studied 276 people in a lab, the social interactions of 73,789 people on Facebook and measured the average profanity scores against the integrity index for each US state. Their study, which will be published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal, concluded “a consistent positive relationship between profanity and honesty; profanity was associated with less lying and deception at the individual level and with higher integrity at the society level”.

Why people who swear more are more honest:

Studies have found that people who curse a lot are more honest than others. There’s “a consistent positive relationship between profanity and honesty,” as researchers explained. “Profanity was associated with less lying and deception at the individual level, and with higher integrity at the society level.”

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The authors studied 276 people in a lab, the social interactions of 73,789 people on Facebook and measured the average profanity scores against the integrity index for each US state. Their study, which will be published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal, concluded “a consistent positive relationship between profanity and honesty; profanity was associated with less lying and deception at the individual level and with higher integrity at the society level”.

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The co-author David Stilwell from the University of Cambridge said:

“The main thing we found is if you filter your language when speaking, then you’re probably also filtering what you’re saying as well. You are less likely to be about what you think and more about what you think other people want to hear. Someone who does not filter their language, so swears, is more likely to be saying what they think to be true so are being more honest and genuine from their perspective."

In the lab, when participants were asked their reasons for swearing, the majority said it was to express their negative emotions and their true self. Participants said, in their experience, they often swore to be more honest about their feelings.

Professor Stilwell says the honesty they measured was "low-level, everyday honesty" in terms of people giving their real and true opinions rather than measuring "lies that would get you sent to jail".

Previous studies have also waned in favour of the prolific swearer. Last year, a study suggested it was intelligent people who swear more.

h/t | independent.co.uk

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