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#cursing Study: 10 Lessons About How We ­se Swear Words on Twitter


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A study of cursing on Twitter found that Twitter users curse at the twice the normal rate found in other studies.

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Wright State University researchers recently conducted a study analyzing more than 50 million tweets from about 14 million users to determine how much Twitter users curse, when they curse, and what types of users are more likely to curse. Using a list of 788 swear words, the researchers found Twitter users curse at a rate of 1.15 percent, twice the normal rate found in other studies.

In addition, the researchers analyzed the time stamps on the tweets and found that cursing normally starts around 5:00 a.m. and rises throughout the day, peaking at 9:00 p.m. However, there are "relatively high cursing ratios on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays," after which ratios decrease until Saturday and then start rising again on Sunday, according to the researchers.

They also found that Twitter users are more likely to curse when they are at personal places, such as a residence, than in public places, such as at work.

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