Study: Swearing on Twitter leads to a presumption of ignorance


After hearing me swear on the playground in fifth grade, Mrs. Pearson dropped the following gem on me: ‘people who swear are idiots that can’t find better words to use in their place.’ I’m paraphrasing, so don’t be an asshole if I got the quote wrong. Fifth grade was a long time ago. As it turns out, she wasn’t wrong. A recent study suggests what we say on Twitter profoundly impacts how others perceive us. Specifically, the use of swear words and conversational language. Researchers asked 481 participants to categorize 1,000 tweet authors by perceived education level. The participants were…

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