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Intelligent people likely to swear more

Raghu Kshitiz

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LONDON — A recent  research from the University of Rochester in the US has found that intelligent people are more likely to swear.

For the study, researchers quizzed 1,000 people about 400 typical behaviours, and discovered a strong like between intelligence and swearing. In addition to swearing, they found intelligent people were more likely to walk around naked at home and like spicy food.

During the study, all participants were asked to state how often they performed 400 behaviours. The results were then compared and collaborated with each participant’s personalist, to help establish a link between personalities and behaviours.

Those with higher intellects were found to be more likely to curse, eat spicy breakfasts, and walk around the house naked. Extroverts, as you’d probably expect, like to drive cars faster than 75mph, gamble, tell dirty jokes,drink a lot, go to the pub, and drive cars faster than 120 km/h.

People with agreeable personalities were more likely to sing in the shower and attempt to help others, while conscientious people were found to avoid irresponsible habits.

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The study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

Another study previously found that people who can name the most swear words in a minute tend to score higher on IQ tests.

Rather than being the sign of someone with a limited vocabulary, the study — published in the Language Science journal back in November 2015 — found that swearing proficiency was a sign of rhetorical strength.

Another benefit of swearing is that it acts as a natural pain relief. Psychologists from the University of Keele conducted tests in which some participants were asked to swear before either doing an intense session on an exercise bike or squeezing a device that measures hand grip strength.

Team leader Dr Richard Stephens said: “We know from our earlier research that swearing makes people more able to tolerate pain. A possible reason for this is that it stimulates the body’s sympathetic nervous system — that’s the system that makes your heart pound when you are in danger.”

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Now, age 10-24 is the new adolescence period: Lancet study

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Gradual changes in biological growth and social role transitions — coupled with delayed marriage and parenthood — have pushed back the period of adolescence between ages 10-24 rather than the previously known 10-19 years, according to a study,conducted by Lancet.

The study, published in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Friday, revealed that an early puberty has accelerated the onset of adolescence in nearly all populations, while understanding of continued growth has lifted its endpoint age well into the 20s.

The past century has seen drastic changes in the definition of adolescence, which encompasses elements of biological growth and major social role transitions.

“Rather than age 10-19 years, a definition of 10-24 years corresponds more closely to adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase and would facilitate extended investments across a broader range of settings,” said study lead author Susan M Sawyer from the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

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As a result of lifestyle changes, genetics and environmental factors, early puberty for girls at age 8-10 is the new ‘normal’.

While menstruation is a natural process, an early puberty results in various health issues, like depression and behavioural issues as well as the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

Similarly, young adults continuing their education for longer period, delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins.

“The transition period from childhood to adulthood now occupies a greater portion of the life course than ever before at a time when unprecedented social forces, including marketing and digital media, are affecting health and well-being across these years,” Sawyer noted.

An expanded and more inclusive definition of adolescence is essential for developmentally appropriate framing of laws, social policies and service systems, the researchers added.

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