Face it, sending text messages is an even more significant part of the day than that first morning cuppa – yet a new study says you have been doing it all wrong.
Researchers reckon that there is a particular way to write a text – & if you donâ€™t do it right then you will come across as rude.
And all it comes down to is a simple full stop – that is enough to apparently make people think youâ€™re being a little too blunt with them.
That is according to the Celia Klin from the Binghampton University, anyway, who concluded that the full stop is â€œinsincereâ€ in the middle of a flowing text chat.
She claimed: â€œTexting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations.
â€œWhen speaking, people easily convey social & emotional information with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, & so on.
â€People obviously canâ€™t use these mechanisms when they are texting.
How not to do it: The full stop is apparently a sign of hostility (Grab)
â€œThus, it makes sense that texters rely on what they have available to them â€” emoticons, deliberate misspellings that mimic speech sounds and, according to our data, punctuation.â€
Volunteers for the study were given a series of text messages asking them out, then a reply.
When the reply was followed with a full stop, the volunteers believed the response was less sincere.
Klin believes the full stop is simply not the end of a sentence any more – yet a way to let your friends know youâ€™re not pleased with them.
So think on the next time you want to stick to the standard rules of punctuation & grammar – you might actually be winding your friend up when you tell them youâ€™re coming out for drinks.
Top pic: Rex
Source: “Yahoo News”