Finally! Researchers are spending their time looking into things that really matter.
A new published study reveals that swearing appears to increase our pain tolerance. In the study, participants were asked to submerge one hand in nearly freezing water for as long as they could while repeating a curse word (of their own choosing). Later they submerged the same hand again, this time repeating a word they would use to describe a table. Results found that people kept their hand in the water for 40 more seconds while cursing. The researcher (Dr. Richard Stephens) hopes his study will help people see the benefits of swearing ;)