You Have Been Writing Text Messages All Wrong And You Had No Idea Until Now

You Have Been Writing Text Messages All Wrong And You Had No Idea Until Now

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 don’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 you’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 “insincere” in the middle of a flowing text chat.

She claimed: “Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations.

“When speaking, people easily convey social & emotional information with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, & so on.

”People obviously can’t use these mechanisms when they are texting.

How not to do it: The full stop is apparently a sign of hostility (Grab)

“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.”

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 you’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 you’re coming out for drinks.

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Source: “Yahoo News”