.🔫

dotPsychologen am Harpur College haben vor ein paar Monaten festgestellt, dass der Punkt (this guy „.“) Postings und Messages unglaubwürdiger macht, anscheinend übernimmt der Punkt in Text-Messages eine emotionale Funktion a la „sure, whatever“ und Ausrufezeichen haben anscheinend den gegenteiligen Effekt – take this period lol omg we're doomed kiss your punctiation goodbye idiocracy etc etc!

A team of researchers led by Celia Klin, associate professor of psychology and associate dean at Harpur College, recruited 126 Binghamton undergraduates, who read a series of exchanges that appeared either as text messages or as handwritten notes. In the 16 experimental exchanges, the sender’s message contained a statement followed by an invitation phrased as a question (e.g., Dave gave me his extra tickets. Wanna come?). The receiver’s response was an affirmative one-word response (Okay, Sure, Yeah, Yup).

There were two versions of each experimental exchange: one in which the receiver’s response ended with a period and one in which it did not end with any punctuation. Based on the participants’ responses, text messages that ended with a period were rated as less sincere than text messages that did not end with a period. […]

“Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations. […] 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.” In some very recent follow-up work, Klin’s team found that a text response with an exclamation mark is interpreted as more, rather than less, sincere.

NYMag: The Period Isn’t Dead, But It Is Niche Now.

In the study, according to the Washington Post, “experimental messages featured an invitation followed by a brief reply. When that reply was followed by a period, subjects rated the response as less sincere than when no punctuation was used. The effect wasn’t present in handwritten notes.”

The period has become a small form of aggression, redundant in an age of speech bubbles and line breaks.

Doku: Im Netz der Lügen - Falschmeldungen im Internet

Nette Doku von Mario Sixtus über die Psychologie der Fake News. Der Einstieg der Doku ist mir ein wenig zu…

Modern Lovecraftian Elder Gods

I know this is a running gag here but seriously tho, you really gotta ❤️ McSweeneys: MODERN LOVECRAFTIAN ELDER GODS.…

The Philosophy of the Weird and the Eerie

Right now I'm reading more books at once than should be healthy for me. Two of them are Mark Fishers…

Typo-Safari London and Amsterdam

Hier die letzten beiden Teile von Artes Typo-Safari, diesmal mit urbaner Typographie aus London und Amsterdam. Teil 1–3: Typo Safari…

Calibri FontGate: Font as evidence in political scandal

Die Tochter des pakistanischen Premierpräsidenten hat sich bei der Dokumentenfälschung von Papieren aus dem Jahr 2006 erwischen lassen, die ihren…

Alphabet of Alternative/Rock

Tolle Prints von We Are Dorothy: das Alphabet of Alternative Music und das Alphabet of Rock. Nettes Detail: Das rote…

Text-Messaging Acronyms before Text-Messaging Acronyms

TMWYHOT will be my favorite prehistoric Chat-Acronym for the next few Aeons. Also: I ❤️ McSweeneys: TMB4TM (TEXT MESSAGES BEFORE…

Memetische Verantwortlichkeiten des Journalismus am Beispiel von CNN und G20

Letzte Woche trugen sich zwei relativ vielbeachtete Ereignisse zu, an denen sehr deutlich wird, wie die memetischen Bedingungen des Netzes…

Podcast: Von Palindromen, Reverse Speech und Teufelsbotschaften

Schöner Podcast vom Deutschlandfunk über Palindrome, satanische Botschaften und das Rückwärtsreden. Ich kann übrigens mit links flüssig spiegelverkehrt schreiben und…

Meet the Influencers

„Last year, they made about $1.3 million through sponsored content and collectively have over seven million followers. AJ, the self-proclaimed…

DasGeileNeueInternet und yours truly am 4. Juli bei den Cyborgs in Berlin!

Ich erzähle nächste Woche am Dienstag, 4. Juli um 20.00 Uhr, ein paar Dinge über DasGeileNeueInternet beim Cyborgs e.V. im…