Swearing 'on the Rise' Among Teenagers

      January 05, 2011 11:54

      Some 73.4 percent of teenagers use swear words and rude slang every day, a government report on their use of language published Tuesday says.

      The survey of 8,712 teenagers nationwide was conducted by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in October and November.

      About one in three teenagers use four-letter words. Some 12.8 percent "habitually" use swearwords, with 18.8 percent using them "often" and 41.8 percent "once in a while." A mere 5.4 percent said they "never" use rude words.

      A majority or 70.3 percent said they swear at their friends. Analysis of teenagers' conversations with their friends and text messages exchanged between them shows that 5 percent of their conversations and 7 percent of their text messages were four-letter words or slang.

      About a half, or 53 percent, of respondents attributed their use of foul language to "habit." Some 47 percent said they see nothing unusual in their use of language. A mere 27 percent said they know the meaning of the words they use.

      Some 47.7 percent of respondents said they pick up swearwords from friends, and 40.9 percent from the mass media including 26.4 percent from the Internet.

      A similar report released by the Korean Educational Development Institute last November blamed Internet portals, games and films as the sources where teenagers pick up swearwords.

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