Dear Mum, you were wrong. Swearing *will* get me places.
Potty mouths rejoice. As it turns out, you are more confident, less stressed and hotter than your straight-laced counterparts.
Researchers at Keele University in Staffordshire have been cursing their a**es off studying the links between swearing and mental behavior.
And what they have discovered, is pretty f*cking interesting.
Remember cursing at your Netflix last night to load faster? You did that for good reason. According to the study, swearing is often used as an emotional coping mechanism.
One of the researchers for the study, Dr. Richard Stephens said, “we want to use more taboo words when we are emotional. We grow up learning what these words are and using these words while we are emotional can help us to feel stronger.”
That’s right, it seems swearing may actually be a form of empowerment. After voicing an abundance of naughty, very bad words, the study’s participants felt better.
So, the next time you find yourself cursing at the toaster because you’ve burnt yet another piece of toast, don’t stress. Well actually…we know you won’t.
Prevention has found that the occasional tantrum actually stops our brain from releasing too much cortisol, which is the stress hormone that makes you cranky to begin with.
So, swearing ALSO has a therapeutic effect that has a lasting impact our mentality.
Not only do we feel confident and less stressed when we swear, but it makes us sh*t hot too.
Another study has found that men and women think swearing can be sexy, but only when carried out in the appropriate contexts.
One participant said, “Not all people can curse equally. Some people are just better equipped for it — kind of like guys wearing muscle shirts or girls bearing midriffs.” (Hmmm…that sounds like bullsh*t to us).
So, the next time you find yourself biting your tongue, just let it out.
What do you think? Are you a sweary Mary/Jerry?