“Grammar Nazis” Are More Likely To Be Introverts

Are you a stickler for grammar? If so, a new study pegs you as a likely stickler who is disagreeable in nature. Linguists from the University of Michigan looked at the reactions of a group of volunteers who were sent emails peppered with grammatical errors. It was expected that people most irritated by the errors would likely have similarities in age, sex, and education, but that was not the case. It was discovered that extroverted people were more likely to overlook written errors that caused introverted people to make negative judgments about the person who made the mistakes. Study leader Professor Robin Queens explains that introverts may just be more sensitive to variability in written language caused by mistakes, as they require additional mental resources to process them. This could help explain why some are more irritated by grammar errors than others. (Daily Mail)