UA study says swearing can cause tension

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Cursing can quell pain, but it can also hurt relationships.

Studies have shown that swearing can help alleviate pain, but a new study by the University of Arizona Psychology Department says swearing in public could cause tension.

Grad student Megan Robbins fitted a group of subjects with an electronic recording device that gave about a 10% sampling of their soundbites from one weekend.

"What we found was that the naturally observed swearing in daily life was related to decreases in emotional support and increases in depressive symptoms," said Robbins.