jordanhamilton
2 years ago500+ Views
Ending Your Text With A Period Can Make You Appear Insensitive

Texting is tearing apart relationships.

Okay, maybe not, but the art of texting is not what it once was. As humans, we rely on texting far too often that we have grown to take it extremely serious. It might not be tearing apart relationships and breaking up happy homes, but it is definitely getting people the silent treatment and possibly soon -- the delete button. I wouldn't be surprised. Although we were taught in grade school to end all of our sentences with proper punctuation, according to research, ending a text with a period can make a person seem insecure and well, look like a straight up jerk. Celia Klin of Binghamton University says, "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."
It's quite obvious that the days of normal communication and talking via telephone made things less complicated. We rely so often on person exchanges via text that we don't know how to communicate at all anymore. We lack social cues and social interaction because technology has taken over leaving us yearning for more than we receive. "For example, the messages “Yeah it’s fine” or “Yeah it’s fine!” seem a lot less intense than “Yeah it’s fine.” The period in the second example makes the message seem less relaxed and a lot more final." When it comes to texting be courteous and keep in mind, your punctuation sometimes means just as much as your words.

Have we taken the context of texting too far?

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Ah, I saw that @danidee wrote a similar card to this! I normally end my sentences with a punctuation mark when I am texting -- but that's because it feels weird not to. I think it's important to not overthink text messages. It's a confusing way to communicate, so I normally don't read into them so much. And if I am confused about the context, I just clear that up immediately, instead of trying to look at it from so many angles.
2 years ago·Reply
I agree! I will say I am pretty much over texting these days. I honestly think it's ruined the essence of natural communication. you would think as a writer, I would enjoy writing a message back and forth. I guess it all depends on my mood, but honestly I rather talk on the phone or in person. it just feels more natural and you don't have to overthink or second guess anything. old school is always better in my book @alywoah
2 years ago·Reply
Saw this and I can't believe I can be punished for proper grammar...
2 years ago·Reply
lol no worries, it totally depends on who you're texting @LessThanThree
2 years ago·Reply
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