If you end your text messages with a period, you're evil. Don't shoot the messenger; Science says so. According to a new study in 'Computers in Human Behavior,' the way in which we message portrays a lot about our character. Using periods is viewed as insincere, while bashing out shitloads of emoji's and exclamation marks makes you seem friendly.
"Texting Lacks Social Cues"
Celia Klin, a lead researcher at the team from Binghamton University, confirmed that when we read computer generated messages, we constantly fill in the blanks to provide context because the "rapid pace of texting mimics face-to-face communication." She conveyed her message as follows:
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.
The study explored whether punctuation had any influence on the way messages were received. Participants rated messages, some with periods, some without, and it was concluded that messages ending in periods were deemed more insincere. Interestingly, the same logic doesn't apply to handwritten notes.
On the other hand, messages that utilized emoticons, included exclamation marks and generally appeared more phonetic seemed more sincere. Think "lol," "awwhhhh," and "ummmmhmmmm" and you're well on your way to being more approachable than a giggling Harley Quinn at a Comic Con convention.
10 Iconic Film Quotes In Message Format
To highlight the point, I want to ask the serious questions. I want to see how these rules would apply to some of the most iconic segments of dialogue in cinema. Here are 10 conversations neatly packaged into SMS clusters to test the theory:
1. 'Psycho' (1960)
2. 'Dr. No' (1962)
3. 'Good Will Hunting' (1997)
4. 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)
5. 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' (2004)
6. 'The Sixth Sense' (1999)
7. 'Taken' (2008)
8. 'Star Wars' (1977)
9. 'Gladiator' (2000)
10. 'Taxi Driver' (1976)