We meet people, chat with them, exchange contacts – in the past, it was usual to ask for their phone number. Nowadays, whether the encounter is official or unofficial, what do we exchange? Facebook contacts. “I’ll text you on Messenger” is a common way to say goodbye after meeting someone.

And that’s it. You say goodbye, and within an hour you can know as much about a person as you could have learned after five meetings. Maybe even more. Their birthday, the friends you have in common, the last place they went on holiday, where they work, where they studied, what they like to eat.

Simple question: do you have the phone number of every colleague you like chatting to, having lunch with or even meeting on a Thursday night? Why would you need to? You’d rather text them on Messenger than ask them face to face if they fancy grabbing a coffee. You can even send them a smiley – even though they can clearly see you’re not smiling right now. If you need to, you can Facetime them. Who even needs a SIM card when you’ve got wi-fi?

Our communication has changed. And the way we communicate is changing, too. When I re-read conversations with my family, friends, buddies, colleagues or partners, I think: when we ask a question, we end our sentence with question mark; but when we state something – why we do never end our sentence with a FULL STOP? After all, a FULL STOP is even more important in communication than a comma or ellipsis. Only the FULL STOP lets people know we hold a firm opinion, and that we stand by it. So even though our communication may be changing, let’s not forget basics. FULL STOP.