Apparently, full stops intimidate young people when used in texting and social media communication as they may seem "abrupt or angry."
Experts claim that while members of Generation Z prefer to communicate using more emojis and in shorter sentences, proper punctuation can be very unappealing to them.
Full Stops In A Text Can Be Perceived As Passive-Aggressive
Take, for instance, if you usually text without any punctuation and all of a sudden, you decide to add a period at the end of a sentence, that can be a passive-aggressive way to make someone aware that you are angry. Young people, however, seemingly perceive the use of periods as a sign of irritation.
It Is A Way To End A Conversation
Dr. Lauren Fonteyn of Leiden University tweeted: "If you send a text message without a full stop, it's already obvious that you've concluded the message. So if you add that additional marker for completion, they will read something into it, and it tends to be a falling intonation or negative tone."
Some People Suggest That Full Stops Are " Insincere"
A study carried out in 2015 by Binghamton University in New York surveyed 126 undergraduates and suggested that text messages ending in periods were perceived as less sincere while those finishing with exclamation points were seen as heartfelt and genuine.
The Interpretation Of Punctuation Is Changing As Time Goes On
Professor David Crystal, one of the world's leading language experts, says that nowadays, people only use full stops in texts or on social media when they are intent on passing a message across.
In his book, Making A Point, he wrote, "You look at the internet or any instant messaging exchange – anything that is a fast dialogue taking place. People simply do not put full stops in unless they want to make a point."
This Is Actually A Thing
Rhiannon Coslett, a Guardian columnist, asked in a since-deleted tweet, "Older people – do you realize that ending a sentence with a full stop comes across as sort of abrupt and unfriendly to younger people in an email/chat? Genuinely curious."
Crime novelist Sophie Hannah replied, "Just asked 16-year-old son – apparently this is true. If he got a message with full stops at the end of sentences, he'd think the sender was 'weird, mean or too blunt.'" Incredible!