Thursday, September 17, 2015
How your tweets can betray your politics: Liberals use swear words on Twitter while those on the right discuss religion
This will be no news to conservatives who have had interactions with Leftists. Abuse is about all they are capable of if you point out anything that undermines any of their claims. Civil disagreement and rational argument mostly seem to be beyond them.
Like an earlier study, the study below found that profanity is much more common on Leftist social media. The earlier study of the matter found profanity to be TWELVE TIMES more common on Leftist blogs. Profanity is of course proverbially the sign of a weak mind trying to express itself forcibly.
It has to be that way. Reality is so inimical to Leftist views that a balanced consideration of all the evidence would make conservatives out of them. So emotional responses to any undermining of their positions are all that is left to them. They are a sad lot -- ruled by their own hostile emotions
For many users of social media, figuring out their political stance is simple as they broadcast their views for all to see. However, it seems it is possible to discern someone's politics purely from the language they use on Twitter.
Researchers have found liberals, like supporters of the Democrats in the US, were more likely to use swear words.
They were also more likely to use emotionally charged language and express positive emotions than Conservative and Republican tweeters, but also use language associated with anxiety.
Conservatives were more likely to discuss religion, with 'god' and 'psalm' being among their most popular words.
Dr Matthew Purver, one of the authors of the study at Queen Mary University of London, said: 'Open social media provides a huge amount of data for use in understanding offline behaviour.
'The way people talk and interact on Twitter can provide a more robust and natural source for analysing behaviour than the traditional experiments and surveys.'
The researchers studied tweets sent between 15 and 30 June 2014 by followers of either the Republican or Democrat party Twitter accounts.
As might be expected, there were clear differences in the discussion of politics and topical issues. Liberals were more likely to discuss international news, frequently mentioning 'Kenya', where 60 people were killed in violent attacks during the time of the study, and 'Delhi' which was also regularly in the news at the time.
However, while Democrats would be expected to mention Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi regularly it was actually Republicans who talked about their opposition most.
Democrats conversely were more likely to talk about former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The study, published in the journal Public Library of Science One, showed Democrats were also more likely to swear, with 'f***' and 's***' in their top ten most used words after common English words were removed.
Democrats were also more likely than conservatives to use words like 'I' and 'me', while Republicans used words like 'we' and 'our'.
Previous studies have suggested liberals have a greater sense of their own uniqueness while conservatives are more likely to emphasis group identify and consensus.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).