I am applying to phd programs in the US.
In preparing for the statement of purpose, I consulted some native speakers. I was suggested to add some anecdotes in my statement.
Nevertheless, after a moment's further thought, I found anecdotes occupy the space! And, I am under the impression that, since I am NOT applying to undergraduate programs nor master's programs, simply focusing on introducing my thoughts and research is the best policy.
So would a statement of purpose such that it is specific but it contains no anecdotes be considered less suitable (in whatsoever sense)?