This Could Be The Reason He’s Not Texting You Back

by | Dec 5, 2017

Coming up with the infallibly witty banter, nailing the balance of emoji to word count, getting it cross checked and approved by 14 different friends and then finally mustering up the courage to hit send. Yep, crafting the perfect response to a bae-to-be is bloody hard work.

So when he has the audacity to leave you hanging, it’s straight-up heart breaking. But new research has revealed the one mistake you might be making when it comes to chatting via text: punctuation.  

The study, published in Computers in Human Behaviour, expanded on previous research into the effect of using periods in texts and the particular meaning they convey. In their experiments, they found that messages which included a full stop were viewed as less sincere, less enthusiastic and more negative.

So if you’re ending your textual exchanges with a full stop you could be sending the vibe that you’re not as keen. 

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“The take away is that anything we include in our text message — the punctuation we choose, the way that words are spelled, a smiley face — can change the meaning,” study author Celia Klin, a professor of psychology at Binghamton University, explained to PsyPost.

“People use what they have available them to when they text. Because they don’t can’t use tone or voice or facial expressions, for example, they use things like punctuation to add to or change the meaning of the words. The hope, of course, is that the meaning that is understood is the one we intended.”

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Dating is a minefield. With social distancing restrictions still largely in place, it’s fair to say that most of us are resorting to the apps when it comes to making a lasting connection - or simply looking for a short-lived good time. But even then, the platforms are fraught with their own challenges. From bios that offer a scattering of emojis and one-liners that leave little to be desired, to the profile pics that are at least a decade old, red flags are bound to come up even before you’ve met in person. But where things truly get interesting is in the dating phase. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship to see it end badly can likely admit that the thing that saw you end it, was probably also one you saw coming from the start. These relationship ‘red flags’ present themselves early on, but of course, in the throes of buddying romance, we ignore them, our rose-coloured glasses turning the red into a warm and inviting shade of pink. 

Thankfully, those on Twitter are here to ensure you spot the red flags early in order to avoid the devastation that comes with wasted time and a broken heart. The red flag emoji has been taking over the Twitter world as people share the range of red flags they know now to avoid in relationships and dating. These are the warning signs in what people say and do that signal something more unfavourable, and in some instances such traits can even lead to deeper, even abusive characteristics. 

According to data released by Twitter, between October 10th and 13th, the app saw a 21 per cent increase in the red flag emoji usage, with a staggering 1.5 million tweets shared during this time. It appears that when it comes to red flags, we’ve all seen them and can either relate or offer up our own advice. While some of the Tweets can only garner an aggressive head nod in appreciation, others are more lighthearted and show the intensely personal nature of dating whereby something that might not affect someone else, proves disastrous for another. For instance, one Twitter user shared the Tweet, “I got an Android” and to be honest, yeah, we get it. Who wants to be living in that world of GREEN TEXT! Another shared, “Shrek is not that good.” Disliking Shrek? It’s impossible. 

Below are some of the best examples of the red flag Tweet we’ve seen.