Study says using periods in text messages is ‘less sincere’

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Study confirms that ending your texts with a period is terrible.

The study, Texting insincerely: The role of the period in text messaging, was conducted by researchers at Binghamton University’s Department of Psychology.

Researchers studied the texting behavior of 126 undergraduates within exchanges framed as either text messages and handwritten notes, according to the Washington Post. Researchers led by Binghamton University’s Celia Klin report that text messages ending with a period are perceived as being less sincere, probably because the people sending them are heartless. “Text messaging is one of the most frequently used computer-mediated communication (CMC) methods. Recently, Klin’s team conducted a follow-up study and found that text response with an exclamation mark is interpreted as more sincere Binghamton University’s Harpur College observed 126 students, who read a series of messages displayed as texts on a screen or handwritten notes on loose-leaf paper, which were similar to notes students passed around before texting was available.

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. It made no difference whether punctuation was used on handwritten notes. “When speaking, people easily convey social and emotional information with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, and so on,” the lead researcher Celia Klin said in a statement. 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. Texting lacks those social cues, “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,” she said.

As in the example above (which I harassed a friend into making with me, lest you worry that I’m having drinks with a robot that doesn’t understand how to love) the experimental messages featured an invitation followed by a brief reply. 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. In follow-up research that hasn’t yet been published, they saw signs that exclamation points — once a rather uncouth punctuation mark — may make your messages seem more sincere than no punctuation at all. “Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations.

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