The Parents Television Council (PTC), which apparently has nothing better to do than to sit around and count profanities, has conducted a study on television swear words. The PTC has come to the surprising conclusion that, over the last five years, profanity has increased on TV.
Yes. It’s true. People use more swear words — profanity overall has increased by 70 percent since 2005. What does this mean? I dunno. Children are exposed to more forms of language? Until the PTC does another study correlating the increase of profanity with a decrease in overall intelligence or brain development, I’m not really inclined to care. I’m not going to be exposing my child to “Deadwood” just yet (oh, but I will someday), but by stigmatizing certain words, you’re just given kids more reason to use them. Isn’t that why people watch “Shit My Dad Says,” because they think the word is naughty? It sure as fuck can’t be because it’s a good show.
Here’s a chart demonstrating the rise in swear-word popularity by time slot on network television, and below that, some statistics from the PTC.