PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new study finds that religion plays a significant role in the language and moods expressed on social media.
After studying 12,815 people from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, researchers found that Facebook users who had religious affiliations were more positive and less vulgar in language than users who were not religious.READ MORE: NBA At 75: Former 76er Dr. J Says Players From Many Eras Built LeagueSharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
Religious people are more inclined to use words connected with positive emotions such as “love” and “family,” as well as more inclusive words such as “mother” and “we,” according to the study published as “The Language of Religious Affiliation: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Differences” in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal.
Non-religious people used words like “hate,” which researchers pit the the anger category. They also used profanity and words related to death more (e.g. “dead).MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Older Model Cadillac In Connection To Murder Of Pregnant Woman Last November
Researchers are unsure if the different linguistic behaviors associated religious and non-religious people is a clear reflection of the psychological states of those groups, or if the language use reflects the social norms of being part of that group, or a combination.