If you’re an introvert, you might have a harder time shaking off a typo or grammatical error you encounter in an email. Dougall_Photography/Getty Images Advertisement Introverts have gained a lot of ground. They apparently have an advantage. They’re demanding rights. They’re starting a revolution. This would all be extremely worrisome for extroverts if introverts were capable of, say, showing up at a group function. Alas, they are left to simply sit quietly alone with their newfound fame and hide when the doorbell rings. Now researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered another job for introverts: grammar police. A recently published study asked 83 participants to read an email with either no mistakes, grammar mistakes (confusing to/too, for instance) or typos (“mkae” instead of “make,” for instance). They then rated perceived traits about the writers and also filled out personality information. The study found that introverts were more likely to negatively judge those who made grammatical mistakes and typos in emails, while extroverts weren’t as bothered. Errors Affect the Message The research examines a question of importance in the field of linguistics: How does an error affect the actual information we receive from a message? “What interested me as a… Read full this story
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