Iâ€™ve noticed a trend over the last year or so. Granted, this is all anecdotal, so donâ€™t be expecting me to go all Ziff on you with amazing stats and charts. Maybe itâ€™s not actually a trend, but it seems significant enough to have stuck out to me.
There seems to be an increase of swearing in comments, posts and Facebook message from members of the Bloggernacle. It’s usually pretty mild: a hell here, a damn there, and an occasional ass. Mild though it may be, itâ€™s still swearing.
Now before the knots in your knickers get too tight, Iâ€™m not passing judgement; Iâ€™m not saying whether this swearing (or its increase) is right or wrong. Iâ€™m just observing it.
I wonder though at how many of those using such language would do so in a non-Bloggernacle, non-social setting with other Mormons discussing the gospel. Would they say hell while giving a lesson in Relief Society? Would they say damn while commenting in a Gospel Doctrine class? Would they say ass while giving a Sacrament talk?
Maybe they would.
Here I go waxing all anecdotal again, but based on my experience in the Church, very few Mormons swear at Church, and I have attended over 100 wards in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and Alberta.
That being said, I did used to have an elders quorum instructor who regularly used hell and damn in his lessons.
Anyhow, I guess the point is this:
- If these persons swear in real-life gospel discussions at church, it tears apart what I have come to believe was anorm in the church.
- If they donâ€™t, then why do it online? Has the Bloggernacle made us more comfortable in what and how we share?