This is me but I wouldn't have any young (under age 14) relative of mine be online without over-the-shoulder supervision.
BTW, A2K has always had a varying degree of swearing...perhaps 6-7 yrs ago there was a different level of moderation. For the most part, those that use profanity are no more or less intelligent. Some folks are more likely to use it for emphasis and/or reflect the 'street' than others.
It's all a matter of cultural conditioning and has nothing whatever to do with intellectual acumen. One man's 'profanity' is another's 'poetic license.' It also has a geographic component, apparently. I have never heard such widespread, nearly universal, use of the 'F' word anywhere in the USA as I hear daily here in Hawaii. Parents use it in front of their children without a second thought. Women use it just as frequently as men. At first it was shocking to me to hear everything described a effing this and effing that. Now I've gotten so used to it that I've come to accept it as part of the local idiom, the Hawaiian-English dialect.
As much as one not raised with that kind of speech can get used to it. Let me put it this way -- it no longer offends me the way it used to. (That's not to say it doesn't offend me at all. )
Wed 17 Apr, 2013 06:47 pm
People who never swear creep me out.
Wed 17 Apr, 2013 06:48 pm
When i was overseas in Korea, we would cuss the Koreans eloquently in their own language--and they would just laugh. But when we cussed them in English, they'd get really, really p*ssed. Go figure . . .