Recently, I have notice a surplus of cursing on my twitter feed. I believe this has a lot to do with the time of year it is, possibly because of Football season, or the nearing end of baseball season with the recent ACLS and now getting into the world series. People tend to express their excitement, anger and other heightened emotions by using profanity. This left me curious as to which curse words are used the most on Twitter. I found a comical article which, breaks down “Twitter’s 7 Dirty Words- Which U.S. States Curse The Most” by Shea Bennett.
Ironically, New York is considered to fall somewhere in the middle of the countries foulest mouths on Twitter based off research of Twitter’s 7 Dirty Words. The 7 words listed above were researched and chosen based off of George Carlins rememberable stand up comedy routine “7 dirty words your can never say on television.” The period of this experiment took place through July 3,1, 2011 to July 30, 2013. Within this period, The Marketing Robot tracked more than 55 billion tweets and discovered that some 1.3 billion – approximately one in every forty tweets – contained one of Carlin’s seven dirty words (Bennett). For some reason this epidemic does not surprise me. American’s have an intense desire to over- share on social media platforms thus, I am not shocked that this amount of cursing occurs on Twitter.
What really is ironic about this study and the article in general is that its focus points are based off Carlins 7 dirty words. This initially was a skit done by Carlin which discussed 7 dirty words that you can never say on television. At the time of this skit the 7 words were considered highly inappropriate and the skit eventually lead to a Supreme Court Case. “It wasn’t a tough decision, that skit was enough to launch a Supreme Court case in response to its public broadcast, and now millions of people are using those words on social media, which is essentially a public forum, every day.” It crazy how things have changed and become more acceptable over the years. Now cursing in public forums such as Twitter is considered a norm. Overall, the study did not have any set conclusions or answer questions as to why cursing is so popular over Twitter. However, it does leave me to think why this is now socially acceptable? This specifically interests me after our assignment for this class where we were asked to look at our online persona’s. Companies looking to hire you as their employee often check out your Twitter, Facebook pages etc. Thus it surprises me to think that despite knowing this people so eagerly and easily curse on Twitter.
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