National Punctuation Day was a couple days ago, and as punctuation enthusiasts we wanted to keep the party going by discussing modern punctuation. In the fast-paced world we now live in, is punctuation still important? The short answer is yes, but the rules have changed a bit.
Texting: Texting is supposed to be a quick form of communication, so it is perfectly acceptable to exclude some of the punctuation you would normally use in writing. You may not use as many commas or semicolons, however, keeping some punctuation will help the other person better understand you.
Emails: Most people do not want to read long emails, but that does not mean that you should disregard standard punctuation when composing emails. You can still be short and sweet while showing your friends and colleagues that you’ve mastered the use of em dashes.
Social Media: It is difficult to show off your impressive knowledge of punctuation on social media. You need to grab your followers’ attention and, on some platforms, you are limited to the amount of characters you can use. Punctuation can be part of your social media posts, but leave it out if you need more characters to convey your message.
Books: Books of all kinds, even e-books, still need to use correct punctuation. We won’t budge on this one. Grammar and punctuation rules should never be left out of good old-fashioned books. If books start being printed without proper punctuation and start including emojis instead, we will release a book filled with crying emojis.
So, what does this mean for the future of punctuation? We think it is here to stay. Proper punctuation may not appear in all forms of communication anymore, but we are hoping that it will continue to be important to future generations. Period.