Swearing at Work Is Scientifically Proven to Be Good for You—Seriously!

Eff yeah.


If you’ve been biting your tongue at work this whole time, you now have full permission to let your foul language rip. And don’t hold back!

After all, new data says you won’t be alone. A project management software company called Wrike recently surveyed 1,542 American workers regarding their swearing habits. Over half (57 percent!) of respondents admitted to swearing in the workplace, and almost all of those who do swear say their colleagues also curse around the office.

Plus, if you’re surrounded by female millennials, you’ll be in good company. Sixty-six percent of millennials (aged 18-29) openly swear at work, the poll reported. Women were also more likely to drop profanity at the office than men. Older, male-heavy offices, on the other hand, might be more tight-lipped; only 54 percent of baby boomer and Gen X colleagues (aged 30 and over) and 55 percent of men admitted to swearing in the office. However, the men who do use profanity around the office tend to do so more often than their female co-workers. (Here’s why you can swear in front of your kids, too!)


Still, it should go without saying that there’s an appropriate place and time for profanity. (When in doubt, these are the four occasions it’s totally OK to curse.) While 80 percent of respondents report swearing in front of their peers, only 55 percent will do so in front of a manager, and even less will swear in front of an executive. A surprising two percent of respondents said they curse frequently in front of clients.

Still skeptical? There’s even science-backed evidence to start dropping F-bombs more often. According to research conducted by the University of East Anglia in Norwich, swearing at work can reduce stress and boost company morale and camaraderie. Plus, a study published by Language Sciences claims that profanity could be a sign of verbal fluency and intelligence.

“It’s part of your emotional intelligence to know how and when to use these words,” Dr. Timothy Jay of the Department of Psychology at Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts and author of the study, told Medical Daily. “If you’re thinking about it from a moral perspective, you’re missing how common and normal it is. Everybody knows this language.”

Swear away; science says so!

Source: Fast Company

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