For those who are frequently told off for littering their vocabulary with swear words, perhaps a new defense might work: “I was just being honest.”.
The authors studied 276 people, the interactions of 73,789 people on Facebook and measured the profanity scores against the integrity index for each US state.
The co-author David Stilwell from the University of Cambridge told The Independent:
“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.