From ScienceAlert: “Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have “less agreeable” personalities than those who just let them slide. And those friends who are super-sensitive to typos on your Facebook page? Psychological testing reveals they’re generally less open, and are also more likely to be judging you for your mistakes than everyone else.”
A recent paper, published in PLOS One in 2016, showed that how we respond to typos and grammatical errors, is in large part, determined by our personality. It also revealed that it influences how we communicate (or perhaps, don’t communicate very well) online.
Lead researcher Julie Boland from the University of Michigan says: “This is the first study to show that the personality traits of listeners/readers have an effect on the interpretation of language.” … “In this experiment, we examined the social judgments that readers made about the writers.”
According to the University of Michigan news: “The researchers took 83 participants and asked them all to read email responses to an ad for a housemate, which either contained no errors or had been altered to include typos (e.g. “teh” instead of “the”) or grammatical mix-ups, such as too/to or it’s/its.
“Those 83 people then judged the person who’d written the email based on their perceived intelligence, friendliness, and other attributes, such as how good they’d be as housemates.”
The research also showed that extroverted people are likely to overlook typos and grammatical errors that would cause introverted people to judge the person who makes such errors more negatively.
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Amancia E. Toole
My name is Amancia E. Toole–my friends call me ET. I own this website and its accompanying Facebook page where I encourage you to share your thoughts on my articles. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology followed by a program in Medical Technology. I’ve taken courses in Environmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University and have always had a life-long interest in the environment. I recently shifted the focus of this website in order to “expand the conversation,” because I believe our planet is in crisis and so are we as a people. I now use my background in biology and in a microbiology laboratory to write and share solid science-based information about emerging research in climate disruption, the wholesale pollution of our environment and how our toxic world might be affecting our mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. I also write about many of the promising advances in the area of human health and longevity.
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