You are what you email -writing influences perception, study finds

Our emails, ourselves?

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers have identified three commonly used email elements as being highly influential in shaping how others perceive us – regardless of whether those conclusions are accurate.

From the villains who shun spell-check to those whose emails look like they were hit with an exclamation-mark grenade, it seems no one is safe from judgment after hitting send.

“Very subtle little things you might not think about when writing an email -like the kind of punctuation you use, for example -actually have an effect on the people reading that message,” says study co-author Frank McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Illinois. “If you’re emailing a friend, they’re not going to change their opinion of you based on how the message is put together. But for first impressions, we find these (variables) really matter.”

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