Do you use a typewriter?
I hope you’re eying me right now and thinking, “Amanda, what the heck are you talking about? You remember what century this is, right?”
If you don’t use a typewriter, then I ask: why are you using two spaces between your sentences?
Yes, we were taught in keyboarding class to use two spaces between sentences. And even I clung to two spaces through grad school and beyond. My own conversion didn’t happen until late 2012 when I realized the trend was to use one space, not two.
Granted, I had long since been using one space in my text messages and tweets–every character counts, you know–but I had to train myself to use it in every other context. It wasn’t an easy feat.
There’s nothing wrong, exactly, with using two spaces between sentences. It’s a stylistic choice. But you’ve all seen people who cling to one hair style their whole adult lives, right? You shouldn’t cling to the same haircut you’ve had since 1985.
And you shouldn’t cling to two spaces between sentences, either.
The two spaces rule was a typewriter rule; two spaces were needed to ensure it was obvious a new sentence had started. But this issue was solved with modern computers: fonts no longer have spacing issues that typewriters suffered from.
Two spaces have become unnecessary. You can read this post just fine, right?
Would you rock a mullet in 2013? Then you shouldn’t rock two spaces, either.