Full stops(.) The new way of being blunt and rude..

Well I knew this all along , and this small research just made my belief a tad more stronger 😉

The Washington Post

Speaking of Science
By Rachel Feltman
December 8


Ending your texts with a period is truly monstrous. We all know this. Grammar be darned, it just doesn’tlook friendly.Now a study has confirmed it. Researchers, led by Binghamton University’s Celia Klin, report that textmessages ending with a period are perceived as being less sincere, probably because the people sendingthem are heartless.”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 thecritical non-verbal aspects of conversation, such as tone, are expressed in CMC,” the researchers write inthe study, which was published recently in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.To test whether the period had become a social cue within the context of CMC, the researcherspresented a small group (126 undergraduates — admittedly not representative of the entire globalpopulation but at least fairly representative of the most-prolific texters) with a series of exchangesframed as either text messages or handwritten notes.As in the example above (which I harassed a friend into making with me, lest you worry that I’m havingdrinks with a robot that doesn’t understand how to love) the experimental messages featured aninvitation followed by a brief reply. When that reply was followed by a period, subjects rated theresponse as less sincere than when no punctuation was used. The effect wasn’t present in handwrittennotes.According to Klin and her fellow researchers, that’s an indication that the text message period has takenon a life of its own. It is no longer just the correct way to end a sentence. It’s an act of psychologicalwarfare against your friends. In follow-up research that hasn’t yet been published, they saw signs thatexclamation points — once a rather uncouth punctuation mark — may make your messages seem moresincere than no punctuation at all.”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,” Klin said in a statement. “People obviously can’t use these mechanisms when they are  texting.  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.” It’s  no  surprise  that  language  is  evolving  in  weird  and  potentially  scary  ways,  because  language  has always  done  that.  Just  chalk  this  one  up  to  human  ingenuity  —  even  when  we  can’t  talk  face  to  face, we’ll  always  find  ways  to  be  jerks  to  one  another. So  take  heed,  members  of  pre-CMC  generations:  If  you  insist  on  grammatical  correctness,  you  may



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh my! I use periods after even a single letter response. And I have been deemed heartless countless times. Guess the study holds true,afterall. 😶


    1. Yeah it does 😁 next time be careful …. But then it’s just a part of your personality..


      1. Nah. I am okay with being heartless.:P
        Also, it’s a habit now,using the periods after every single reply. Can’t let go,now can we? Lol


      2. That’s what I said smart… “It’s just a part of your personality…” Lol


      3. Hahahaha exactly. Can’t let go. Part of me, it is.:P😌


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