Do you swear a lot on Twitter? Or even occasionally?
You’re far from alone. A new study has revealed that one in 13 tweets contains at least one curse word, with swearing reaching its peak on Twitter right before we head off to bed.
Researchers at Wright State University studied 51 million English-language tweets from 14 million different user accounts and discovered that most of us curse more on Twitter than we do in real life.
Moreover, the study revealed that the same few curse words are in heavy rotation on Twitter (with that old family favourite at number one).
Note that for obvious reasons the chart below lists the actual curse words in use. So, if this is something that is going to offend you, turn away now.
Also of note: folks tend to cuss more frequently on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, while swearing reaches its daily peak between 12 am and 1.30 am, just before we head off to bed.
“It’s a sizable fraction of the words we use,” said Wenbo Wang, a researcher at Wright State University. “On average, one tweet out of 13 tweets will contain at least one cursing word. Because of social media, people don’t see each other. They can say things they wouldn’t say in the physical world.”