I’ve got some very defined rules of texting. Whether you’re in a group chat or just having a tug of war with some babe you the night before Thanksgiving, it’s 2015 which means you’ve got a hard-nosed strategy when it comes to textual communication.
Well, per researchers at Binghamton University, you’re a mean-spirited and rude person if you’re ending your texts with a period. As New York Mag explained:
A new study from researchers at Binghamton University confirms our long-held suspicion that ending text messages with periods can make your messages come off kiiiiind of mean. When people use periods in texts, the study found, they’re perceived as being less sincere, officially making periods the “k” of punctuation.
The actual study explained the fairly simple logic behind this.
When that reply was followed by a period, subjects rated the response as less sincere than when no punctuation was used. The effect wasn’t present in handwritten notes.
As someone that’s been using near-perfect grammar since his drunk T9 days as an 18-year-old trying to get older people to buy him a $10 bottle of Kentucky Gentleman, this news hits me relatively hard. I’ve been using periods since I courted my first girlfriend in between games of snake, and since I texted the hell out of my LG Chocolate.
Next thing I know, I won’t be able to use the stock filters on Instagram. Just kidding, only losers do that. .
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