Perpetual Smiley Face–Why Can’t I Stop?!

imageMisconception: A good writer can convey the tone of any text by working the craft.

Reality: We need our freakin’ smilies.  🙂

Try this experiment.  Put a paper bag on your head and duct tape your arms to your sides.  Then go out to a bar and try to pick someone up.  Easy right?  Wrong!  Now, go to a different bar with a smiley face drawn on the paper bag.  Suddenly, you’re a hit!  People are buying you drinks and shoving phone numbers in your pants.  Well…maybe not exactly, but you get the point.

So much of our communication lies in the subtle nuances of body language. Even speaking, we finds ourselves back pedaling to make sure we don’t offend other people.  With text, it’s often easy to read something four different ways.  I watch my workmates sharing messages from other people all the time, trying to decipher them as though they’re reading cuneiform.

Emoticons make the tone behind one’s writing much clearer, and god do we need that smiley.  It’s our, “I’m just being friendly, so please don’t take this that seriously…but like me.  LIKE ME!” stamp on everything.

I know not everyone feels this way, but super smiley evidence suggest A LOT of us do.  I, for one, can’t help myself.  🙂

Michelle Joyce Bond


20 thoughts on “Perpetual Smiley Face–Why Can’t I Stop?!

  1. Ahhh! Smileys. I love smileys…. But I try to be serious when I write, trying to find a better way to express myself than the smiley I want to add. What I’m trying to say is that most of the time, smileys would be nice, but sometimes, there’s just a better way of writing. I think that’s something that my generation has lost, the ability to express ourselves without absurd little pixilated grins.

    Okay… I can’t help it. 🙂

  2. I’m guilty of using the smiley’s alot. 🙂 See! LOL. Body language is the hardest language to master… impossible most times, and inaccurate interpretations usually. I much rather prefer VERBAL.

  3. Me neither. It’s possible I’m a smileyholic. I know they annoy some people, but they make it easier to convey positive context to people with low reading comprehension. You could be a master wordsmith, and people will still be all like “Did they just insult me? What did they mean by ‘Hello’?” Smack down a smiley after that bad boy and you’re golden. 🙂

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