With more stuff emerging daily it is not surprising to discover that a symbol we have been using all this while scares some of the younger generations. Recent research confirms the use of the full stop intimidates the youths. here is what runs through the brain of young people when thy thin of using a full stop at the end of their text.
Facts About Full Stops
The full stop symbol derives from the Greek punctuation introduced by Aristophanes of Byzantium in the 3rd century bce. In his system, there were a series of dots whose placement determined their meaning.
In practice, scribes mostly employed the terminal dot; the others fell out of use and were later replaced by other symbols. From the 9th century onwards, the full stop began appearing as a low mark (instead of a high one), and by the time printing began in Western Europe, the lower dot was regular and then universal.
In the more prevalent usage in English-speaking countries, the point represents a decimal separator, visually dividing whole numbers from fractional (decimal) parts. The comma is then used to separate the whole-number parts into groups of three digits each, when numbers are sufficiently large.
Experts have found that the correct use of full stops in text messages make young people feel uneasy as it symbolises that the recipient is annoyed at them, rather than simply concluding a message. A recent study claims that young people are intimidated by full stops used in social media communication as they’re interpreted as a sign of anger.
Teenagers and those in their early twenties who are known as Generation Z because they’ve grown up with phones and technology – tend to send shorter messages with very little punctuation. So when full stops are used in a text, younger people often perceive it to be passive-aggressive, and a sign of irritation. According to The Telegraph Leiden University’s Dr Lauren Fonteyn tweeted: “If you send a text message without a full stop, it’s already obvious that you’ve concluded the message.
Research leader Celia Klin explained that when talking in person it’s much easier to convey emotion by using facial expressions, changing your tone of voice and eye contact.
But these mechanisms can’t be used when texting. Therefore it makes sense that young people use Emojis, slang and punctuation to put across how they’re feeling. Professor David Crystal, one of the world’s leading language experts, argues that the meaning behind the usage of full stops is changing fundamentally. Making A Point, he writes: “You look at the internet or any instant messaging exchange – anything that is a fast dialogue taking place. People simply do not put full stops in, unless they want to make a point.
It rather shocking to be worried about using a symbol you will be using your entire days on earth, what could be the potential course of this kind of felling among the youth.
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