Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Exclamation mark inflation

Yet another example of how digital technology is changing culture and language:

"Studies…repeatedly show that girls and young women in a variety of countries use their phones for strengthening social connections more often than boys do. Girls also use more exclamation points and emoticons. In interviews, Baron said, teenage girls have complained that the texts they received from boys didn’t express enough emotion."

Now that you mention it, I have always thought that the more-than-occasional use of emoticons isn't quite appropriate for an adult heterosexual male. 

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