According to a new experiment out of Binghamton University in New York, you’re likely offending your friends and family with one little character through text…
From the Washington Post:
“The text message period has taken on a life of its own. It is no longer just the correct way to end a sentence. It’s an act of psychological warfare against your friends. In follow-up research that hasn’t yet been published, they saw signs that exclamation points — once a rather uncouth punctuation mark — may make your messages seem more sincere than no punctuation at all.”
How the study worked:
126 participants were sent a text invite, and once they replied, they were sent back a brief message with a period. Many participants found the message with the period to lack sincerity and suggested the use of an exclamation point! What if it`s something like…
Hey boss, I’m sick!
Hey boss, I’m sick.
Enough, the period is fine as it is.