‘Sent From My iPhone’ Disclaimers Work
Those annoying "Sent from my iPhone" signature block disclaimers actually work.
Those annoying “Sent from my iPhone” signature block disclaimers actually work.
Atlantic Wire (“Why We Forgive Misspelled Emails if They’re ‘Sent From My iPhone’“):
Soon after Apple’s iPhone went on sale six years ago this week, you probably started spotting hastily-written emails appended by the words “Sent from my iPhone.” And then, a bit later, you spotted a lot more. Of course, the iPhone was not the first email-enabled smartphone to attach such a message to outgoing emails. So did various Treo handsets (remember those?) and BlackBerry phones, pre- and post-iPhone. The iPhone’s instant success, and its default signature, simply made the practice far more prevalent. Alongside this trend, a different but related one emerged: the iPhone’s stock signature, at first deemed a louche emblem of status, became a built-in forgiveness clause. Please don’t judge me for any typos or spelling errors, “Sent from my iPhone” suggested. I am very busy. That’s according to a chartpublished on Tuesday by the author Clive Thompson, who drew data from a 2012 Stanford study on the perceived credibility of misspelled emails sent with (and without) a “Sent from my iPhone” signature:
For these results, Thompson credits “linguistic code-switching” — whereby people speak differently among friends, family, and coworkers — and theorizes that the prevalence of AutoCorrect software has, paradoxically, made misplaced words and punctuation more acceptable in digital communication.
At least when it comes to text messages, I now presume misspellings are the phone’s fault.