Y. study finds teens' profanity tied to media

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  • ToBeReadOutLoud SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 19, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    Actually, studies have shown that there is NO direct correlation between violence in media (video games, tv, etc) and violent behavior, despite what "concerned parent" organizations want you to believe.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:00 p.m.

    "Y. study finds teens' profanity tied to media"

    Oh ... really? What a surprise ... don't you think?

    I wonder how much that study cost?

  • El caballero Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    I really think "research" like this is not truly scientific.

    Who is to say that it isn't the other way around?

    Could teens who use profanity choose media that also has it in it? I think so!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    What makes any word a swear word? Quite simply, we enable it ourselves. Why didn't the first guy who said 'church' get admonished for swearing? I don't know, but it's all subjective and pointless.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    People should really research the history of "swear words" before condemning them. In most cases there is nothing really bad about them, it's just that someone somewhere decided they didn't like the sound of a particular word and over time it became something "bad" to say.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    Re: LValfre | 12:59 p.m. Oct. 17, 2011
    "More is being spent on this SLC condo/retail development"

    Zero, Zip, Nada, Zilch tithing funds were used on the downtown development, and they never will be. Tithing funds can ONLY be spent for tax exempt purposes.

    The LDS has a commercial arm that spends taxable (non-tithing) funds for commercial project. The LDS Church would not, will not EVER risk their tax exempt status by misusing funds.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Oct. 17, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    To those remarking about the tithing ... you're right. Once you tithe, it is no longer yours. However, it is your right to question where it goes! More is being spent on this SLC condo/retail development than the church has reported giving away in charity since 1985. If you don't question these things (and all things in life), you're living brain dead and letting others do the thinking for you.

    In regards to language, please do without "vulgar and coarse speech are a threat to the young and old alike" and "foul language is simply the pitiful attempt of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully" because that's simply not true. Vulgar language is not bad. Sometimes using 'foul' language will allow you to relate with some people better. It's amazing how 'black and white' everything is for some of you commenters. Life's not black and white, there are shades of grey. Language, whether considered a curse or not, is just language. More verbal tools of our human existence. We use ALL of them.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Re: GoGetter | 12:56 a.m. Oct. 17, 2011
    "I sure hope my tithing money did not to fund this study..."

    The payment of tithes and offerings to any religious organization is totally voluntary. Once I give a donation it is no longer mine and how the money is spent is between God and the church leaders who spend it.

    The use of foul language is an indication of course character and lack of self control.

  • 8plex Alpine, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    Common courtesy and civility in manners and language erode pretty fast when You tube videos, TV shows, music, and movies portray and use crass language. Just being civil and being nice is made fun of while crudeness, stupidity and ill manners are portrayed as funny. The words please and thank you are not found in modern media.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    "Affectation is the ridiculous effort of the ignorant to appear wise, the attempt of the barren soul to appear rich."

    ...and in other news Cursing helps block pain.
    So did anyone expect a different outcome, really, from BYU?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    Just remember the words of a wise man: "Foul language is simply the pitiful attempt of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully."

  • Let's be real Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    Pretty good article. Short but to the point. Not sure where the tithing thing came from but I will leave that one alone. I like that they pointed out what any parent that has normal breathing habits know already. Violence begets violence language begets language. Watching those types of things becomes ingrained in kids' heads and is VERY difficult to get removed or at least subsided. However, even our Attorney General for Utah fails to see the point that shows, movies, games, magazines can beget behaviors and actions that are criminal and against the communities that we live in. He said that there is no solid proof or studies that link those 2 together. Maybe he should go down to the prison, jails, detention centers, youth centers and see just what is going on there. I would hope that he would change his mind. I have known many kids that have terrible habits and addictions with pornography, violent games etc. For me, I do not have to have a school, government, or leader tell me on paper what I already know. You cannot live close to fire without being burned at some point.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    Another groundbreaking discovery by BYU researchers. When will they do a study to find out if people actually like chocolate?

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    I'd guess it is much more likely that a teen will use profanity if they hear it at home or if their peer group uses profanity.

  • speed66 Heber City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    Much ado about nothing.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    I'm sure the world survive!

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    As a kid growing up, we did not have the types of shows that are commonplace today, yet myself and all my friends (all LDS) cursed up a storm and were obsessed with girls and sexual innuendos. So maybe a lack of exposure is a culprit also??

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Oct. 17, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    Is there any study done at the Y that didn't find profanity, promiscuity, drinking and immorality a result of waking up each morning?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    tithing is not your money. your time might be better spent reading and understanding the article rather than worry about how tithes are used. once tithing is paid, it is up to those entrusted to use it wisely.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Oct. 17, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    I wonder, "GoGetter," why you tithe if you have so little faith in how your donations are used.

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    This article was rather effective at pointing out the use of cuss words. Vulgar and coarse speech are a threat to the young and old alike. Let us never forget.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    I sure hope my tithing money did not to fund this study...

    If it did incorporate tithing money, shouldn't it go to useful things, such as preaching the gospel?

    If it didn't incorporate tithing money, good. Use it for more useful research.