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Science: If You Swear, You're Very F*cking Honest

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Do you or someone you know love to drop an F-bomb frequently? Well, we've got good news for you, so sit down and listen the f*ck up.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, Maastricht University, Hong Kong University and Stanford found that people who like to be a bit of a potty-mouth are more likely to be honest.

How the f*ck does that make any sense you say? Give us a sec and we'll f*cken get to it...

The majority of the 276 participants in the study said they swear in order to express negative emotions and their true self. Most participants in the lab study said that when they swore, they were being more honest about their feelings.

The researchers didn't stop there, to test on a larger sample they then measured the average profanity scores of Facebook social interactions of 73,789 people, and compared them to the integrity index for each U.S. state. What did the results show?... the more a person swore, the more honest they were. We f*cking knew it!

David Stilwell, one of the researchers 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."

"Someone who does not filter their language, so swears, is more likely to be saying what they think to be true so are being more honest and genuine from their perspective."

So there you go, the next time someone swears at you and calls you a "f*cking idiot", at least they're being honest!

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