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Can't stand this sentence? Study finds being pedantic about grammar says a lot about our sex lives

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I love you're shoes. Your taller then me. I like dogs alot. It could of been you. I'll definately be there.

If any of those sentences make you simply boil with rage, then we have good news for you: your pedantic ways could be great for your sex life (and that's most definitely NOT you're sex life).

study by researchers at Japan's Kyoto University shows that those who get worked up over grammatical errors and typos are more likely to be introverts with a higher rate of arousal.

Spelling Mistake Sign

If this sign enrages you, it's good news for your sex life

The researchers prepared different examples of emails asking about a room to rent, some of which contained typos and grammatical errors, and examined how 80 people with different personality types responded. 

An excerpt from the typo-ridden test email reads: "Hey! My name is Pat and I’m interested in sharing a house with other students who are serious abuot (about) there (their) schoolwork but who also know how to relax and have fun. I like to play tennis and love old school rap. If your (you’re)someone who likes that kind of thing too, maybe we would mkae (make) good housemates."

Grr.

Spelling Mistake Stop

The study found that those who were more reserved were more likely to rank "Pat" as a poor housemate because the email's spelling and grammar weren't up to scratch - while extroverts were less likely to care about spelling errors.

So what does that have to do with arousal? Well, according to famed psychologist Hans Eysenck, introverts have a higher rate of arousal.

As a quote by the BBC explains: "Eysenck's theory was that extroverts have just a slightly lower basic rate of arousal. The effect is that they need to work a little harder to get themselves up to the level others find normal and pleasant without doing anything. Hence the need for company, seeking out novel experiences and risks.

"Conversely, highly introverted individuals find themselves overstimulated by things others might find merely pleasantly exciting or engaging. Hence they seek out quiet conversations about important topics, solitary pursuits and predictable environments."

Typo Spelling Mistake

Argh

Linguist Robin Queen, a co-author of the study (which was aptly titled If You’re House Is Still Available, Send Me an Email: Personality Influences Reactions to Written Errors in Email Messages), told The Guardian: “We hadn’t quite anticipated that introversion would have the effect it did.

“I found myself asking: This is weird – why would it be the case that introverts care more? My guess is that introverts have more sensitivity to variability.

“Maybe there’s something about extroverts that makes them less bothered by it. Because extroverts enjoy variability and engaging with people. They find that energising. This could be an indirect manifestation of that.”

So there you go - if you get flustered about misplaced apostrophes, you probably get extra flustered in other areas of your life too. Who knew?

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