My daughter cusses more than my son. I honestly think she does it most of the time just to get a rise out of us.
You're probably right. I knew kids growing up who cussed just to get attention, especially in larger families (3+ kids, plus having cousins around all the time). We all know how it goes, though. You cuss in your teens because it's "cool" and because you get attention, negative or not. You cuss as an adult (at least, I do), because sometimes it's the most succinct way of expressing myself. For instance, saying "this is dumb" does not have nearly the same impact as "this is fuging dumb". Or, "forget this" does not have the impact of, "fug this". fug is probably my favorite word, for that reason. Of course, time and place. There is a time to be professional, though. I've heard people, while working, cuss around customers/clients. Don't know that I necessarily agree with that, strictly from a social formality standpoint.