You know how your mom, like, totally keeps telling you to stop saying “like” because it makes you sound sort of stupid? You understand, because the addition of “like” to every sentence doesn’t exactly add anything. Unfortunately, ever since you saw “Clueless,” “like” has been an ingrained behavior. Like, I just can’t quit you.
Luckily, you can finally prove your mother, your professors, and everyone you’ve ever met who’s judged you for your like-ing wrong. For constant users of “like,” “you know,” and “I mean,” (i.e. sorority girls everywhere) there’s hope. While outsiders might think you’re from the Valley, which is a place you’ve never even been, the truth is, saying “like” just means you’re more thoughtful. New research says people who use filler speech are more conscientious. Science, y’all. In high school, it was a struggle and a half, but this is one scientific study that supports my lifestyle and me.
This research was published recently in The Journal of Language and Social Psychology. The researchers say that conscientious people are more thoughtful and aware of themselves and the people around them. They’ll use “I mean” and “you know” because they want to show that they’re really paying attention to the conversation. They’re being more thoughtful, whether they’re expressing their own feelings or restating yours. If someone says “like” a lot, it’s not only because she aspires to be Cher Horowitz–it’s because she’s thoughtful and careful with her words.
[via NY Magazine]