The Secret To Sincere Texts? Exclamations, Not Periods

Don’t end your texts with a period. Period. After all, that’s what jerks do, New York magazine opines, with a new study out of SUNY Binghamton lending scientific credence. Researchers showed 126 undergraduates a bunch of texts featuring an invitation and a reply. Participants rated replies that were properly punctuated with a period as less sincere, the Washington Post reports. That perception did not apply to handwritten notes, which were also part of the study. “Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations. When speaking, people easily convey social and emotional information,” lead researcher Celia Klin explains in a press release. “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.” Read more on Newser…