Why Gen Z considers the full stop rude

Correctly punctuated messages are being interpreted by younger generations quite differently. The message is all that is relevant to them. Anything additional can change its interpretation


Sandeep Goyal
Strange as it may seem, millennials and Gen Z have of late started to have an issue with people finishing text messages with a full stop. Calls are in fact being made for full stops to be made “illegal” at the end of text messages as they are seen to be an act of muted aggression!

A recent study by Binghamton University in New York found texts ending with a full stop as being seen as “less sincere” than messages that do not end with a dot. According to linguistic experts, Gen Z are used to communicating via text with a series of short messages without full stops. Full stops, research shows, are very much the exception and not the norm
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First Published: Oct 14 2022 | 10:21 PM IST

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