A new study conducted by The University of Cambridge found people who swear more, are likely to be more honest.
For the study, 276 participants were asked to list their favourite swear words in order to gauge how fond they were of bad language.
These people were then given a survey, in which they were asked to agree, or disagree with statements such as ‘I never lie’ and ‘all my habits are good.’ The goal was to discover their potential for dishonesty.
The results showed the most honest people in the group, were also the ones that swore more.
“At least people who swear are telling you what they really think,” said Dr. David Stillwell, one of the authors of the study. “If you’re trying to follow the social norms rather than saying what you think, you are saying what people want to hear.”
Bruce sparked some conversation and Betty Jo Kaiser had some insightful views.
“If you curse or you’re not filtering, your just throwing it out there,” said Betty Jo. “People who curse are usually very direct… they call it like they see it.”
On the other hand, “if you’re lying you have to be more calculated and careful in your thinking,” said Betty Jo.
However, Bruce said the study didn’t look at extreme dishonesty such as fraud.
“So from that experiment it’s an open question as to whether there would be a link,” said Dr. Stillwell.
Bruce tried to think of people he knows that don’t swear and said “there’s a few of them, although they go against the grain… I find them to be pretty honest and pretty forthright.”
With files from Katie Baines, News Talk 770
To hear the full conversation, listen to the audio below.