You end your texts with a period
So, it might seem like proper grammar and all, but there’s one punctuation mark that is perceived as more passive-aggressive than all of the rest: the period. A study conducted at Binghamton University said that when 126 undergraduates were presented with a series of text exchanges, they found those sentences ending with a period to be less sincere than everything else. “Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations. When speaking, people easily convey social and emotional information with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, and so on,” lead researcher Celia Klin PhD, said in statement. “People obviously can’t use these mechanisms when they are texting. Thus, it makes sense that texters rely on what they have available to them—emoticons, deliberate misspellings that mimic speech sounds and, according to our data, punctuation.” If nothing ends your text better than a period, or an exclamation mark makes you feel like you’re trying too hard, consider just leaving it open. It’s better than the alternative. Period. These are other annoying texting habits you might not be aware of.
Your profile is filled with selfies
A study at the University of Toronto found that most of the time, we think other people like our selfies way more than they actually do. And perhaps even worse, some folks might find us to be narcissistic because of our selfie, and swipe right. “”Selfie-takers generally overperceived the positive attributes purveyed by their selfies,” researchers explained. “Here, we found that selfie-takers believed their selfies to look more attractive and likable than photos of them taken by other people. In reality, though, external raters actually perceived the targets’ selfies to look less attractive and less likable than the photos taken by others (as well as more narcissistic).” The moral of this story? Have a friend grab a quick photo of you instead of posing with your arms outstretched. Consider these 10 tricks to make yourself look better in photos.