This past Monday, we published some stats on the use of profanity on Facebook, the headline being that 47% of our users have profanity on their Facebook Wall. This piece of news has gone viral like we never imagined. It all started with an article on All Facebook and then it spread from there. Articles on the topic started – and are still – popping up everywhere, including on Mashable, the TODAY show website, and Huffington Post.
Most of the articles have focused on the entertaining element of the news, that lots of people cuss on Facebook. These type of articles spawned intense discussions in the comments section, many people wondering why is it wrong to use profanity in general. To make our perspective on this clear, we do not feel it is a purpose of Reppler to tell people whether they can use profanity or not. However, we do feel it is important for Facebook users to be aware of how they might be perceived by others if they use profane words, especially since Facebook profiles are being looked at by employers to screen job candidates and the use of bad language in the workspace is considered to have an effect on how people are perceived.
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