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Why You Should NEVER Do THIS When Writing A Text Message

According to a recent study, ending texts with a full stop is a VERY bad thing to do. 

Grammar be darned, it just doesn't come across as being friendly... at all. 

Researchers led by Binghamton University's Celia Klin report that text messages ending with a full stop are perceived as being less sincere. 

In the study, the researchers reason that text messaging is one of the most frequently use computer-mediated communication (CMC) methods. The rapid pace of texting mimics face-to-face communication, leading to the question of weather the critical non-verbal aspects of conversation, such as tone, are expressed in CMC. 

According to Klin and her fellow researchers, the text message full stop has taken on a life of it's own. It's become an act of psychological warfare against your friends. 

In a statement, Klin said 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. 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. 

So, if you insist on grammatical correctness, prepare to potentially suffer the consequences. 

Source: The Age

 

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