Are you using punctuation when you text? You may be sending the wrong message.
Text messages that end with a period are perceived to be less sincere than messages not containing punctuation, according to a study conducted by Binghamton University.
A team of researchers, headed by Celia Klin, an associate professor of psychology at Binghamton University, asked 126 undergraduates to read a series of exchanges that appeared either as a text message or were handwritten.
"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," Klin said in a statement. "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."