Apparently Using a Period in Text Messaging Makes You Seem Angry

March 12, 2019

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So, I'm scrolling through my facebook page and I find a high school friend, Lora, that's learnin' from the youngens about texting.  Her seventeen year old daughter was telling her that if you use a period in text messages, it comes off as angry.  I had NO IDEA! I had never heard ths before. My(StyckMan) kids are grown and out of the house and Mo's kids aren't quite to texting age yet, so this was NEWS to us. 

This is Lora's exact post. 

I had a thirty minute conversation with my daughter last night about text messages.
Apparently, using a period at the end of a text message comes across as angry.
Here was our text conversation:

Her: Can I go over to Molly's house?
Me: What time will you be home?
Her: I may stay for 2 hours. I'll text you if something changes!
Me: Okay.

Two hours later

Her: We're watching the female version of The Odd Couple
Me. Okay.

Two hours after that

Her: On my way home
Me: K.

She was freaked out when she got home because she thought I was mad a her.
I found this article for those who are old school like me and still use periods at the end of sentences,
even in text messages. 

They say, "Because text messaging is a conversation that involves a lot of back-and-forth, people add fillers as a way to mimic spoken language. We see this with the increased use of ellipses, which can invite the recipient to continue the conversation. The period is the opposite of that. For some, this can appear angry or standoffish."

Because I didn't pay attention in English class, I had to look up what an "ellipses" is... (<--- it's that, sorta) An ellipsis is a set of three periods ( . . . ) indicating an omission. Each period should have a single space on either side, except when adjacent to a quotation mark, in which case there should be no space.

I usually ellipses the crap out of my text messages, usually because I don't know what punctuation to use. I can't tell you how may times I've gone back and taken all the periods out because, well it's just too much. HA!

What do you think? Do you still use periods in text messages? Do they come off as angry? How did we miss this?