Aren't those rare occasions where your parents are wrong great? Now, you can feel less bad about using profanity, thanks to a new study that suggests swearing is linked with honesty. Sorry, mom! The study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, involved three different experiments that worked out the relationship between swearing and transparency, New York Magazine reports.
The three experiments were conducted online and included participants self-rating their proclivity to use curse words, as well as an assessment of their Facebook statuses, and finally by looking at entire states to determine their integrity, using information like the presence of independent ethics commissions. The Facebook status data was combined with the state information to determine which states swore like sailors, and how that related to their ethics. The most cuss-happy and honest state? You won't believe me, but it's Connecticut.
The conclusions weren't a result of grasping at straws either. The first author of the study, Gilad Feldman, wrote that the "relation between profanity and honesty is robust, and that the relationship found at the individual level indeed translates to the society level." Well, fuck. Middle fingers up, everybody!