Stop Doing This When You Text Unless You Want People To Think You’re An Annoying A-Hole
Unless, of course, you don’t care if the people you are texting think you’re just a giant jackass. If so, then you’re free to move on. Everyone else, however, should probably pay attention.
In a recent study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, researchers delved deeper into some research done in 2016 with regard to texting and came away with some fascinating and very enlightening information.
The original study theorized that “the inclusion of a period after a positive one-word response (e.g., yeah.) led readers to perceive the response as less sincere.”
So they decided to test it.
Here’s some of what researchers at Binghamton University learned…
“In contrast with face-to-face conversation, texters can’t rely on extra-linguistic cues such as tone of voice and pauses, or non-linguistic cues such as facial expressions and hand gestures,” said Binghamton University Professor of Psychology Celia Klin. “In a spoken conversation, the cues aren’t simply add-ons to our words; they convey critical information. A facial expression or a rise in the pitch of our voices can entirely change the meaning of our words.”
“It’s been suggested that one way that texters add meaning to their words is by using “textisms” — things like emoticons, irregular spellings (sooooo) and irregular use of punctuation (!!!).”