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Do You Punctuate Your Texts?

Are periods an extinct species in the casual culture of SMS?

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Basically, there’s a style for every individual, but we still abide by a very general set of ~text etiquette~ standards.

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These include things like response time, message length, and frequency of exchange, and vary depending on whether you’re talking to your best friend, your grandmother, or someone you met on Tindr.

I always use conventional punctuation in texts, and it wasn't until my friend told me how weird it was that I even thought twice about it. Check out our exchange:

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Do periods convey too serious a tone in this casual world of communication?

  1. So what do you think? Do you use periods in your text messages?

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    Hell yeah! I'd lose my grammar geek card if I didn't!
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    No way! Periods are implied because I sent the text, duh.
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So what do you think? Do you use periods in your text messages?
  1. Hell yeah! I'd lose my grammar geek card if I didn't!
     
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    Hell yeah! I'd lose my grammar geek card if I didn't!
  2. No way! Periods are implied because I sent the text, duh.
     
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    No way! Periods are implied because I sent the text, duh.

Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based Nairobi, Kenya.

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