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Thanks to the 'smartphone era', we've all had a text-based conversation that went something like this: "What are you up to?" "Getting dinner." "Are we still on for this weekend?" "Yeah. Of course."
So your plans are still on, but something still rubs you the wrong way. Why do you feel like you're bothering them? Why do you get a sense that there's something wrong that they're not telling you about? Well, research recently published in the science journal, Computers in Human Behavior, suggests that you might be onto something. Something about those texts feels a bit insincere - and you can blame it on the period.
Researchers at Binghamton University presented various text message conversations and handwritten letters to 126 people. Most of these messages were framed as small talk followed by an invitation and reply. (You can find a sample above.) The conversations were then rated on friendliness and sincerity.
Results indicated that messages that involved punctuation came off less sincere than ones that didn't have any punctuation at all. Among those, messages with exclamation points were ranked friendlier and more genuine than ones that only used periods.

So what does this all mean?

Lead researcher Dr. Celia Klin reported that much of this has to do with the way communication has evolved in society:

"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 basically, when someone deviates with punctuation, misspelling, and emojis, it's akin to frowning, smiling, or raising your eyebrows in real life. So, you know, even though you're using proper grammar, chances are your writing pattern's making you look like a big, fat jerk.

What's your texting style? Do you agree that proper grammar makes people look rude?

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I think using proper punctuation for texting is a good idea. I mean to break away from something that you're so used to using while you write is not only difficult but just feels wrong.
Ummmm. Ok. Everyone must hate me then, because God knows I'm a huge stickler for grammar and punctuation. I honestly don't care how the other person texts, as long as I can read it. The only thing that bothers me is when someone does the whole alternative spelling crap: "gr8 meet u thr ltr". (It took me longer to type that than it did the rest of this all together!!) I text super fast, too, so I don't think that's the problem! So how about it guys? Y'all text with me all the time. Opinions? Do I come off as insincere and rude? Do I rub you the wrong way?! (Curiosity and kitties....) @InPlainSight @Danse @RosePark @Arellano1052 @nicolejb @allobaber @danidee
@danidee @Arellano1052 Oh absolutely! The way I text and the way I write for work are very, very different. That's for sure. That being said, I still have that little voice in the back of my mind that won't let me break certain rules, even in casual conversation. Maybe it's from editing or teaching the minion, but even sitting and chatting in person I will silently correct someone, depending on who's speaking. If it's a sibling, student, minion, or Really good friend (aka someone who's used to my nonsense) then I'll still correct them. Lol. *Shrug* We all accept my issues. :P
@ButterflyBlu Also, to add, I find myself changing up how I talk to people on Vingle based on how they talk. Like, I think how we communicate via text can be really fluid? I think I just sort of sense how people would prefer me to convey a happy attidude.
Oh gosh I have so many feelings about the bad spelling like that : gr8 meet u the ltr! haha I have to think about that more than I have to think through proper punctuation. I'm just the worst at spelling, so sometimes autocorrect bites me in the butt. I try never to assume someone is upset via text, because it's so hard to tell. I wait until I see them in person to detect body language and speech.
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