You end your texts with a period
So, it might seem like proper grammar and all, but there’s one punctuation mark that is perceived as more passive-aggressive than all of the rest: the period. A study conducted at Binghamton University said that when 126 undergraduates were presented with a series of text exchanges, they found those sentences ending with a period to be less sincere than everything else. “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,” lead researcher Celia Klin PhD, said in 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.” If nothing ends your text better than a period, or an exclamation mark makes you feel like you’re trying too hard, consider just leaving it open. It’s better than the alternative. Period.
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