A report from Binghamton University in New York shows that the full stop is “intimidating” to young people because they view it as a sign of anger.
Linguistics experts studied the effect of technology on the way we use language.
Dr Lauren Fonteyn said: “If you send a text message without a full stop, it’s already obvious that you’ve concluded the message.” She suggested that finished messages with full stops are perceived of by young people as being insincere.
Journalist Victoria Turk wrote: “In a messaging conversation, a period is simply not necessary. It’s clear when you’ve finished your thought, so what function does the period fulfil? As a result, using a period in messaging…can come across as if you’re quite cross or annoyed.” She added full stops are being used after every word in a sentence.
She gave the example: “Just. Look. How. Emphatic. This. Is.”
How does punctuation make YOU feel?!