Punctuation in Text Messages Helps Replace Cues Found in Face-to-face Conversations (video) Binghamton University Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption Textisms like emoticons, misspellings and GIFs aren't sloppy; they help provide critical information normally found in face-to-face conversations, according to new research from Binghamton University. Credit You must credit Binghamton University. Usage Restrictions Binghamton University Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.