Exclamation marks, however, were considered to be more genuine or sincere than periods. Excitement!
"Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations," Celia Klin, PhD said of the study.
"When speaking, people easily convey social and emotional information with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, and so on," Klin continued.
"People obviously can't use these mechanisms when they are texting. [So] it makes sense that texters rely on what they have available to them."
Klin and her research team came to the conclusion that the lack of facial recognition is why texters use emoticons, completely obvious misspellings (to mimic speech sounds), and some punctuation (like the exclamation point!).
The second most popular punctuation mark, the comma, was not available for comment. Sad face emoticon :(