Your Rude-As-Hell Friend Over Texts Explained!

Text messaging rules everything around us. But not everyone is the best at getting their point across. Some people either forget to respond, don’t use proper grammar or are vague AF!

And now there’s science proving we’re not actually over-analyzing that one friend who sends the passive-aggressive texts we all hate.

The study, published in the journal, Computers in Human Behavior, revealed people who send texts ending in periods are viewed as less sincere than people who leave out punctuation.

Binghamton University researchers had 126 college students read a series of texts or handwritten notes. The text exchange was one person inviting a friend to an event, and the other giving one-word responses like, ‘Okay, ‘Sure, ‘Yeah,’ and ‘Yup.’ Sometimes there was a period after the one word and sometimes there wasn’t.

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Responses ending with a period were rated by participants as less sincere than ones without a period. In a follow-up study, participants rated texts ending in exclamation marks as more sincere.

“Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations,” said Celia Kin, the study’s lead researcher.

“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.”

Because this is the 21st century and everything is digital, obvi handwritten-notes did not have the same effect.

Let’s be sure to load up our responses with those handy emojis so we can make sure we have friends left in 2016!

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.