Having a vocabulary that mostly consist of four letter words is usually thought of as a bad thing. Some people even go as far as to say that excessive profanity is a sign of ignorance, which has been proven false, but new research shows that the use of profanity could actually be a good sign.
The next time you or someone you know has a case of the potty mouth, you just might be able to defend it with the claim that you are simply being honest. Research at the University Of Cambridge studied 276 people in a lab, and the social interactions of 73,789 Facebook users to measure average profanity scores against the integrity index for each U.S. State.
The study that was published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal revealed that the use of profanity to be associated with honesty on both individual and society levels. Integrity was shown to be even higher at the society level. When Participants in the lab were asked why they chose to use profanity, the common answer was to express their true self and convey negative emotion.
Professor David Stilwell, the co-author of the study, has a completely logical explanation as to why this happens. He believes that when a person is filtering the language they are using there is a higher probability that he or she is also filtering what is being said. That means that someone who isn't sugarcoating how they say something is more likely to be telling you what they believe to be the truth. So don't take it too personal the next time someone curses at you.