Are you the type of person who finds it almost impossible to get through a single sentence without peppering your language with swear words? Do people often tell you to mind your language? Do people cover the ears of their children when you open your mouth? If so, you might be the most honest god damn person on this whole f*cking planet.
Yes, that's according to a study from the University Of Cambridge. Researchers surveyed 276 people about their most commonly-used swear words and how often they use them. Then they went and asked all the participants questions about blaming others, cheating in games, and taking advantage of other people. And you won't guess what they discovered. The people with the most coarse language were the most honest.
Co-author of the study, David Sidwell sat down with the Daily Mail to talk about the results of the study:
There are two ways of looking at it. You might think if someone is swearing a lot, this is a negative social behaviour. On the other hand, they are not filtering their language so they are probably also not putting their stories about what is going on through similar filters which might turn them into untruths.
Basically, if you're not bothered about dropping an F-bomb or ten then you're probably not going to be bothered about jazzing up the truth to make yourself come off better either.
And actually, this data is backed up by a study of almost 74,000 Facebook users. The study found that the users who swore a lot were also more likely to use phrases which indicate truth-telling such as first-person pronouns like 'me' and anxiety-ridden terms like 'worried'. On the flipside, people who cleaned up their language when it came to posting Facebook statuses were generally a little more focused on presenting themselves in a positive way and, as a result, they often fudged the truth to make people think they were a little more cool.
So if you're the type of person who can't help but let their language get away from them, then you're also a person to be trusted!
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