Scientists Say People Who Swear A Lot Actually Make Better Friends

People swear it’s nothing new. However, when someone swears it’s often perceived as a sign of an absence of intelligence and poor vocabulary. But none of this is exactly true. Moreover, those who swear often are very intelligent persons and have a well-developed vocabulary.

Swearing may not be the ideal solution for everyone’s speech, nor do we all want to be surrounded by people who swear.  But, there is no doubt that honest people swear a lot more people than other people.

The Connection Between Swearing And Honesty

One study conducted by experts from the University of Cambridge found out that something positive comes from swearing. And, that is honesty. Therefore, according to the study the more you swear, the more genuine you are.

According to Dr. David Stillwell who worked on this study “Swearing is often inappropriate but it can also be evidence that someone is telling you their honest opinion.” “Just as they aren’t filtering their language to be more palatable, they’re also not filtering their views.

When we are in a friendly relationship with someone who swears a lot, we get a more honest friendship because this person says whatever it lays on his/her heart. This person doesn’t comfort us with things we want to hear, instead he/she supports us on a different level. And, this is something you might not be able to find in others.

Other studies showed that swearing can increase the persuasive and effect of certain messages. One blog which was a study conducted in 2014 found out that people who read an article from a fictional politician got more informed on the subject. This fictional politician used swear words. However, this article didn’t change people’s opinion when it came to voting.

A number of studies have shown how swearing can affect pain tolerance. Thus in one, students who start swearing kept their hand in ice-cold water for much longer than those who didn’t. As the tolerance to pain changed, so did their heart rate. This fight or flight mode worked as an anesthetic for these students.

So to conclude, whether you’re surrounded solely by people who enjoy swearing, or you only have a few friends who get lost here and there, chances are you’ll benefit significantly from them. You’re maybe not aware that you can benefit from these people. After all, if I have a friend who swears, but he/she is loyal, respectful, and truthful to me, I won’t give him/her up ever.

What’s your opinion on this topic?


Reference: Why You Should Be Friends With People Who Curse A Lot
Frankly, we do give a damn: Study finds links between swearing and honesty


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