I am sick of emoticons. The thing is, I am a culprit of emoticon over-use all the time. You are afraid that the tone you are relaying in a written message is not coming across clearly. There are 4--excuse me, 5 emoticons that i use. These are they:
:) generally happy
;) I just made fun of you and I'm just kidding. Sarcasm.
:D very happy or laughing
:P I'm being sarcastic or what you or i just said was uber-lame
It reminds me of Orwell's 1984 when they invent Newspeak, the new language that minimizes all supposed unnecessary words and adjectives. Good is good. Plus good = very good. Double plus good, etc. Can I not express myself better than by using a stupid emoticon? Do i know more than 5 adjectives? I think I do.
So why do people use them? Well, you may be afraid the recipient will be offended so you add an emoticon, more specifically, the smiley: :) Everyone seems to have their favorite smiley. They range from the basic to very complicated. :c) 8cB 8S-:DP :W#*;diJSFppp. Aaaah, I'm a bit tired of it. I feel trapped and I think I need to take the advice of Wilson Phillips and break free from the chains. I'm tired of feeling like I have to reassure everyone that I'm just kidding. Isn't it their problem if they take offense to something I say? We know that I am not an offensive person and that I never write about anything remotely serious. And I mean, I have a heart of gold. Or maybe copper. It's shiny, at least. But I'm also very frank in my thoughts and feelings and sometimes I just want to express them as they are, with no reassurances or explanations. I guess in particular instances where I'm emailing someone who doesn't know me very well, I would be more inclined to offer a smiley, particularly because I'm a pretty informal writer. But this is my blog, my home turf. You know how I be.
Thus, I pledge from this moment forth to refrain from inserting an unnecessary emoticon, which does nothing but stifle my writing and just drag me down. This is me, with no emoticons. (<-- I think i just came up with the title of my first album) I challenge you to see if you can sense the sarcasm or decipher my tone without them. If you think, "Jen sounds like a jerk" well, maybe I sound like a jerk. But at least I know I'm free.