Study warns of effects of texting while punctuating

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Now a study has confirmed it. 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. Researchers led by Binghamton University’s Celia Klin report that text messages ending with a period are perceived as being less sincere. “Text messaging is one of the most frequently used computer-mediated communication (CMC) methods. 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.

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. 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. 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. Researches asked 126 undergrads to read a series of conversations, in the form of both texts and hand-written notes, that featured positive one-word responses (Okay, Sure, Yeah, Yup) with and without periods.

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. The text messages with periods were rated as less sincere than those without, and no such difference was observed with the hand-written variations. “Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations. 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.

Apple Maps is now used more widely than Google Maps on iPhones. “They really did a great job in a short amount of time,” said Alex Mackenzie-Torres, a former Google Maps manager who’s now with competing transit app Moovit. It’s also big business, as app makers tap into the core mapping functions of phones to direct people in helpful ways and sometimes offer them bargains based on where they’re standing.

Google still dominates among smartphones, though, in part because Apple Maps isn’t available on Google’s Android system, which is more prevalent than iPhones. Without much fanfare, the service gradually improved. “We are fast learners and we are fast at fixing things,” said Greg “Joz” Joswiak, an Apple vice president who oversees product marketing for iPhones and related services. “We learned the maps business incredibly fast.” Apple now gets data from more than 3000 sources for business listings, traffic and other information. That results in more precise walking directions, as stations can stretch for blocks and the center point used by some services isn’t necessarily the closest. On the flip side, the iPhone’s Siri voice assistant leads direction requests straight to Apple Maps, as does tapping on an address in Mail and other apps.

Last month, Google started letting motorists store mapping data on their phones so they can look up businesses and directions even when mobile service is spotty. Moovit is better than both Google and Apple at factoring in temporary service changes in mass transit, while Citymapper offers suggestions on whether to board the front, middle or back of a train.

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