Ending Your Texts With a Period Makes You Sound Like a Jerk
Sometimes it’s hard to convey the right tone when you’re texting . . . it’s why we’ve all become SLAVES to EMOJIS. But here’s a tiny detail that can supposedly make a huge difference.
A new study out of Binghamton University in New York found that when you end your texts with a PERIOD, people think you’re less SINCERE.
Like if you were answering someone and wrote “Sure” or “Glad you had fun” . . . and DIDN’T use a period . . . the person will assume you actually MEAN it.
But let’s say you write “Sure.” Or “Glad you had fun.” And you DO put a period at the end . . . somehow that comes off like you’re being insincere. Which is kind of a weird test, since both examples sound kinda cold either way, but whatever.
And if you REALLY want to come off like you’re telling the truth, use an exclamation point. The researchers found that actually makes people trust you the most.
They say it shows how language is evolving because of texting. We can’t rely on social cues, so we’re subconsciously looking for ANY clues about tone . . . and that includes punctuation.
But before you change the way you text . . . the study was done on college undergrads. Maybe the rest of us aren’t SO into the hidden meaning of punctuation.
I have to say, this is a HILARIOUS reason to get in trouble at work.
67-year-old Ronald Dillon works on the support desk in the IT department at the New York City Health Department. And last year, he stopped answering calls in his normal voice . . . and started answering them in a FAKE ROBOT VOICE.
People started complaining, and when he wouldn’t stop, he got suspended for 20 days.
And you’d THINK that would get him to give it up. But Ronald is REALLY committed to the bit. So earlier this year, he started answering calls in his robot voice again.
He claims it was to hide his thick Brooklyn accent . . . but no one’s buying it. His bosses think he’s sick of answering calls because he feels like he should be doing a more important job, and this is just his passive-aggressive protest.
An administrative judge just gave him a 30-day suspension.
(New York Daily News)
Here are eight things that can make you look unprofessional at work . . .
- Profanity. You might be able to get away with swearing occasionally. But don’t use the F-word as filler any time you speak passionately about something.
- Constantly being late to work or meetings. It shows a lack of respect.
- Checking out attractive co-workers. If THEY catch you doing it, you’ll know. But it’s more likely one of your OTHER co-workers will see it, and you’ll have no idea.
- Pretending everything’s fine when it’s not. Optimism is good, but you need to be realistic.
- Being flaky. Meaning you say you’ll do something, then don’t. Or you don’t do it on time.
- Being disorganized. Which could mean everything from a messy desk to not answering emails.
- Being inarticulate. That includes using the word “like” too much, and filler words like “uh” and “um” all the time.
- Overpromising. Before you tell a co-worker or client you can do something, make sure you actually CAN do it.