Reaction to Our Facebook Profanity Stats

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.

What are your thoughts on this topics?  Let us know by adding a comment.

3 Responses to Reaction to Our Facebook Profanity Stats

  1. Aponda says:

    I guess it depends on how you’re using facebook (or twitter). If your facebook friends are real life friends and family, they’ll know whether you’re in the habit of cursing or not. If you’re using your personal facebook account for business or using a fanpage, you might want to be more careful about want you say and what others might say on your page.

    Personally, I don’t think businesses should have the right to peep through your facebook page. It would be all the same if they got permission to come to your home and write your journal. Your personal thoughts and actions shouldn’t their business, unless you commit a crime. And the police will let them know if that happens. There was a time when a person’s personal life was separate from their professional life. I had phenomenal co-workers that I’d never hang out with as friends and that was cool. They were great at their JOB. Nowadays, I feel like employers who go through facebook pages are looking for friends at work and that’s ridiculous to me. Stick to doing standard background checks and leave the friendship searches for after hours.

  2. Aponda says:

    *read your journals.

  3. What is regarded as profanity? There are some varying standards between cultures and times. At one stage Damn was considered extremely rude, now it has pretty widespread acceptance.

    Unless the exact terms are reproduced with % of people using them, I think the report is very vague and possibly misleading for the purposes of sensationalism.

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