It may not be the first word which pops into your head whenever you think about ‘sex’ – but there is an apparent link between our sex lives and our use of grammar.
Subordinate clauses, split infinitives and oxford commas may seem decidedly unsexy , but your grammar implementation may say something you.
And it’s interesting news for grammar pedants .
If you’re the sort of person who takes pains to use the subjunctive and winces whenever you hear someone use a double negative, then you are likely to be an introvert – with a higher rate of arousal.
Researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University conducted a study of 80 people, each with a different personality type, and examined how they responded to emails containing typos and grammatical errors.
Room to rent
The test email was about a room to rent, and began as follows:
“Hey! My name is Pat and I’m interested in sharing a house with other students who are serious abuot there schoolwork but who also know how to relax and have fun.
“I like to play tennis and love old school rap. If your someone who likes that kind of thing too, maybe we would mkae good housemates.”
How many errors do you count?
The findings showed introverted people did not consider ‘Pat’ to be good housemate material, owing to the poor spelling and grammar in his email.
On the other hand, extroverts were less likely to care about mistakes (of which there were four) and hold them against him.
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In terms of arousal, according to Stylist , psychologist Hans Eysenck claimed introverts have a higher rate of arousal, and extroverts have a slightly lower rate.
This means introverts are easily aroused and influenced by the world around them, and can even be overwhelmed by situations and environments others are at ease with and enjoy.
So a grammatical error, however small to an extrovert, is glaringly obvious to an introvert – and means they are easily stimulated by other things, too.