Study says not to use a period if you want to be sincere in a text

(WCMH)– A study from Binghamton University will probably have grammar sticklers shaking their head.

The university released the study that showed that texts sent with a period were seen to be less sincere than text messages that did not end with a period.

To read the results click here: Binghamton Text Study

Celia Klin, associate professor of psychology and associate dean at Binghamton University’s Harpur College, led the team of researchers in the study and said the results indicate that the meaning of the text messages are influenced by the punctuation.

“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,” said Klin. “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.”

However, the study also showed that a text sent with an exclamation mark is seen as being more sincere.

“That’s not surprising, but it broadens our claim,” said Klin. “Punctuation is used and understood by texters to convey emotions and other social and pragmatic information. Given that people are wonderfully adept at communicating complex and nuanced information in conversations, it’s not surprising that as texting evolves, people are finding ways to convey the same types of information in their texts.”

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