According to an investigation by a researcher at Keele University, well-timed swearing can make you physically stronger, if only for a moment. If this isnt the strangest analyze youll read about today, well merrily consume our hats.
Dr Richard Stephens, a senior lecturer in psychology at the aforementioned institution, met a team together to conduct some rather curious exams, at first on 29 people. They were asked to exercise for a short period of time at high-intensity fast, sustained cycling, for example with some of them remaining piously unsweary beforehand and with others allowed to be as profane as they liked.
In a second experiment, this time with 52 participants, the same procedure was applied, but the high-intensity exercise was replaced with an isometric handgrip test. Use biometric readouts, the study revealed that those who turned the air blue prior to carry out the chosen physical activity could cycle more powerfully and grip far more tightly than those who remained schtum. It was a small increase of around 3 to 4 percent, but an increase nonetheless.
We know from our earlier research that swearing makes people more be permitted to tolerate pain, Stephens said in a statement.A possible reason for this is that it induces the body’s sympathetic nervous system that’s the system that induces your heart pound when you are in danger. If that is the reason, we would expect swearing to induce people stronger too.
Weirdly, when heart rate was measured during the experimentations, they found nodiscernible differences between the individuals who fell a few shits into the mixture and the individuals who refrained.
So quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and ache tolerance remains to be discovered, Stephens added. We have yet to understand the power of swearing fully.
A few caveats are necessary at this point. This research has no peer-reviewed studies to its name( yet ), and the sample size for this research is unbelievably small. It was presented at the annual meet of the British Psychological Society in Brighton, so its definitely legitimate, but it should certainly be taken with a good pinch of salt for now.
Still, its almost certain that if you go to the gym, shout fuck or bollocks as loudly as is practicable, then get on your motorcycle and burn some calories, it wont do any harm, so wed suggest giving it a run. Its for science, after all!
Another recent study uncovered a correlation, albeit not a direct causation, between profanity rate and trustworthiness. The residents of New Jersey and Connecticut had the highest profanity rates in the country so all things considered, this suggests theyre people of Herculean strength that you can really rely on.