My friend, GG, wrote me the other day. She works in a university library and spends a lot of time with students. She told me she just found out that she’s some kind of passive aggressive witch because she punctuates her texts.
As you can imagine, I was intrigued. I asked for more information.
She said that she had read an article about how adding periods to the end of texts is seen as being short with someone or passive aggressive in some way. Since she works with so many young people, she brought it up at a meeting and reported back that she had “Opened up a whole can of worms.” It was, she said, definitely a thing. I was skeptical.
So I brought it up in MY meeting, where there were only three people. One person was me, the other was a woman my age and the last was a woman about 25 years our junior. I said, “Hey, I heard somewhere that you’re not supposed to punctuate texts. Have you guys ever heard that?” The woman my age looked at me like I had ten heads, but the younger one immediately rolled her eyes and said, “OMG I hate that!” So the other woman said, “Well, how are you supposed to know what the other person is saying if they don’t punctuate?”, and the younger woman said, “A text is not a book. It’s supposed to be short!”. I said, “OK, but why do you take offense to someone putting a period at the end of a sentence?”
“Because! It’s like they are ending the conversation! They are being short with me!”
”Oh”, I said.
I still don’t really get it but I’m sharing it in the interest of saving you all from unwittingly offending people with your smart phone. This is as mind-blowing as when I read that you are no longer supposed to add two spaces after a period. Nope. It’s just one space now. And if you put two spaces people will know you’re old. And they might say, “Ok Boomer”. But that’s a whole other thing. Google it. I dare you.