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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find


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 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.

By Fiona Mcdonald, Science Alert
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