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