Ending your text messages with a full stop is heartless

Dec 26, 2015 482
Published in MR. POSH
Psychologists at the University of Binghamton have found that texts that end with full stops were perceived to be insincere or fake by the 126 undergraduates they tested, probably because their modern usage is restricted to conveying annoyance.
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The study began as an empirical investigation of a story published in New Republic in 2013. Journalist Ben Crair wrote, "I've noticed it in my text messages and online chats, where people use the period not simply to conclude a sentence, but to announce ‘I am not happy about the sentence I just concluded.'
 
The researchers concluded that Crair was probably right - the full stop makes you come across as passive aggressively insincere.
 
According to the Washington Post, follow-up research by the same team found that exclamation marks - which used to be considered passé - are actually more friendly and sincere than no punctuation at all.