Study: Ending Texts With A Period Makes You Seem Insincere

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ending Texts With A Period Makes You Seem Insincere, Study Says.

According to a new study from Binghamton University’s Harpur College, what punctuation you use- or don’t use- could misconstrue the meaning of your message. The team of researchers, led by associate professor of Psychology Celia Klin, had 126 undergrads read a series of exchanges, both as text messages and as handwritten notes, in which the responses did or did not end with a period. “Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations.

When speaking, people easily convey social and emotional information with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, and so on,” said Klin. “People obviously can’t use these mechanisms when they are texting. The rapid pace of texting mimics face-to-face communication, leading to the question of whether the critical non-verbal aspects of conversation, such as tone, are expressed in CMC,” the researchers write in the study, which was published recently in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

In the 16 experimental exchanges, the sender’s message contained a statement followed by an invitation phrased as a questions such as, ‘Dave gave me his extra ticket. Thus, it makes sense that texters rely on what they have available to them – emoticons, deliberate misspellings that mimic speech sounds and, according to our data, punctuation.” Wanna come?’ No more hyphens: Nearly 16,000 thousand words have been stripped of their hyphens in recent dictionary versions: leap-frog has become leapfrog, make-over has become makeover, and post-modern has become postmodern, all because people are too lazy to reach for that one extra key. No more thought out ideas or emotion: Thoughts and ideas are now being constricted to 160 or 140 character tweets, so the color an excitement of explaining things is trickling down to just a few boring words.

Text messages can be created without using letters, and it’s no wonder American students’ reading and writing scores haven’t improved over the years.

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