A University of Michigan study confirms what you guys already know about me: I’m an honest to goodness a-hole.
According to a study at the University of Michigan people who are more sensitive to written typos and grammatical errors are indeed the kinds of ‘Type A assholes’ everyone already suspects them to be.
Researchers gathered 83 people and had them read emails that either contained typos (“mkae” or “abuot”), grammar errors (to/too, it’s/its or your/you’re), or no spelling mistakes at all. Participants were asked at the end of the experiment whether or not they’d spotted any grammatical errors or typos in the emails, and, if so, how much it had bothered them.
People who tested as being more conscientious but less open were more sensitive to typos, while those with less agreeable personalities got more upset by grammatical errors.
Yeah, guilty as charged. Someone please send me to Federal A-hole Prison, because grammatical mistakes make me crazy. I can’t help it. I’m obsessive-compulsive with a pinch of anal-retentiveness, and a heaping helping of sarcasm.
I guess that’s why no one ever came to my birthday party. *sobs*