Ending Your Texts With a Period Makes You Sound Like a Jerk – Because Why Use Grammar
Abbreviated words and emoji's are going to become the English language one day.
Your kids will be bringing home their spelling books and the words will be "ur" (your) "tho" (though) and "A3" that stands for three words (anywhere, anytime, anyplace).
Those abbreviated words (apparently) are no concern to anybody, but using a period to end your text... that's a problem.
I get that sometimes it's hard to convey the right tone when you're texting, that's emojis have taken over.
A new study out of Binghamton University in New York found that when you end your texts with a period (proper grammar), people think you're less SINCERE.
Like if you were answering someone and wrote "Sure" or "Glad you had fun" . . . and DIDN'T use a period . . . the person will assume you actually mean it.
But let's say you write "Sure." Or "Glad you had fun." And you DO put a period at the end . . . somehow that comes off like you're being insincere. Which is kind of a weird test, since both examples sound kinda cold either way, but whatever.
And if you REALLY want to come off like you're telling the truth, use an exclamation point. The researchers found that actually makes people trust you the most.
The researchers say it shows how language is EVOLVING because of texting... ?
But before you change the way you text, the study was done on college undergrads. Maybe the rest of us aren't so into the hidden meaning of punctuation?