You may want to think twice about ending your texts with a full stop after reading this.
A new report conducted by researches at Binghamton University has discovered that if you end a message with a full stop, you come across as insincere. Crikey!
We’ve all been there. You receive a text from your friend/crush/colleague which sounds friendly enough, until you see that great big stonking dot at the end of the sentence…
Immediately, the message comes across as blunt, mean and a tiny bit passive aggressive, no?
Well, now science has proved what we have always thought by revealing that using this tiny bit of punctuation basically makes you a monster. WE KNOW.
So, how did they work this out? Well, researched presented 126 students with a series of messages featuring an invitation, and then a reply.
When the reply had a full stop at the end, the testers said it came across as heartless and less sincere then when no punctuation was used. Interestingly, it only sounded negative on text messages, but not when the note was hand-written.
Celia Klin, who headed up the experiment, explains: ‘When speaking, people convey information with facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, and so on…’
‘People can’t use these mechanisms when they are texting’, she continued. ‘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, there was some good news. The study also revealed that exclamation marks came across as more positive than no punctuation, so that’s always that option.
But to play it safe, we say just use sparkly emojis instead of full stops and everyone will think you’re lovely.