AmiSight 6/17: Calculated Cursing
I recently read an article that suggested being more selective when using curse words, which intrigued me. The theory is that when you swear for the right reasons, it can make you happier. But, on the other hand, if you make a habit out of swearing and can't make it through a sentence without it, the words can start to lose their effect. So, essentially, purposely cursing and cursing out of habit are two very different things.
For example, studies have shown that cursing rose during the pandemic- perfectly understandable. Most cursing occurs following anger, humor, and pain—a cathartic release during hard times. I like to think swearing is good when you're trying to be brutally honest (which I usually am), and studies have shown that honesty is highly correlated with cursing.
There are still times when cursing may not be the most appropriate (situations we are more than capable of identifying.) Swearing in those situations may mean you come off as vulgar and immature. Some parents have developed safe spaces/conditions where their children can curse to prevent children from doing this. This allows cursing to be contained and not spread across many social situations. I'm not saying this will stop me from cursing, but it did give me some food for thought.