17.1.11

How Do You FEEL About Emoticons?

I've been wanting to post about this for a long time, but finally got motivated by one of Lisa Galek's new year's resolutions at her blog Read, Write, Repeat.  By her own assessment, she's gone over the edge and has resolved to curb her emoticon abuse in the new year.  We discussed it further and agree that emoticons in moderation aren't bad, but we worry that we've become too dependent on them. Hey, why does it sound like I'm talking about an addiction?  Oh, maybe I am... 

Hi.  My name is Nicki Elson and I'm an emotiaholic.  Which is extremely ironic because I used to be an emoti-snob.  I refused to use them.  I said, "I'm a writer. I shall use only words to express my meaning."  But then, as I became more active in the world of on-line writing, my e-communications through reviews, responses to reviews, private messages, e-mails, etc. increased, and I found a quick-fix to let the person on the other end know I was just joking was to tack on a :) or more often ;) and before I knew it, I was leaving ;Ps all over the place!  :O!

So, yeah, I think I became a bit too reliant and have tried to pull back.  It's a good exercise for any writer to express themselves fully in words.  But I'm not going cold turkey.  For one thing, the time savings from using an occasional emoticon in e-communications leaves more time for serious writing. Also, they're fun!  And for friends I may never meet in person, it adds a little "face time" to our relationship---social emotiing, if you will.  

Even though I'm comfortable with my current emoti-use, a new concern has crept up since I've entered the blog world.  Most people I correspond with here are writers, so I wonder---do I detract from my writerliness by using emoticons regularly in my comments, and occasionally in my posts? Does it make you think less of me (or anyone else who does it) as a writer?  Or do you like the emotis and feel it adds to the sociability here?
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13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't believe I've ever even used an emoticon.

Jennifer Lane said...

Thanks for the humorous post, Nicki!

Jen: "Hi, I'm Jen, and I'm an emoticon abuser." ;)

All: "Hi, Jen!" :D

I saw that blog post as well and it's made me think about changing my emoticolism. But I'm still abusing. Alas.

Jen said...

This post cracked me up! Okay, well, let me start by saying, Hi, my name is Jennifer and I, too, am an emotiholic. However, I think that zero use of a emoticons (or zero use of an occasional lol or a haha for that matter) disturbs my sensibilities just a little. I always wonder if perhaps the person I'm corresponding with is a robot. BUT, that's an unfair assessment. I think the difference is all in the personality of who you are talking to. I'm really charismatic and passionate and teasing so I tend not to be able to help myself when it comes to real life or webernet shows of emotion--including excess emoticon usage, I admit it. But you post has me thinking that I should take up the challenge. Let's see if I can go a whole week without using an emotion of any kind online. I'll report back and let you know what happens! ;) lol <3 hehe. :-D!!! (Had to get it out of my system.)

xoxo
Jen

gideon 86 said...

I never heard of them... could you imagine. I looked it up and I saw the animated ones, which I use sometimes, especially in the last few days on my blog....

I FINISHED MY WIP! 57,600 in five weeks... not too bad. So I used a cheerleader one and Happy dance cats... too funny.

As a whole they don't bother me at all, but I often wondered what the symbols mean. I know lol, but what's with :) or D. inform me.


Thanks Nicki.....


Michael

Katie Anderson said...

I didn't use to use emoticons at all - but now I do. Thinking about it, I know exactly when it was that I started using them. It was when I got together with my partner. He uses emoticans all the time in text messages, and I felt I was being a little bit heartless not replying to his :) or :D or :p or :O. So I started using them too....
In conclusion, I blame him!

KarenG said...

I'm fine with them and jealous of people like you who are on top of the variety symbols while I'm still doing this :) and this !

gideon 86 said...

Thanks for the symbol meanings. Now I'll know what everyone is talking about.

Michael

ketch1714 said...

Love this post!!
I love using emoticons in my comments and tweets and I love receiving them. They are just so much fun! :D
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Sondrae Bennett said...

I'll admit it. I often use a :) at the end of a sentence. But I *think* I use them in moderation. I'm horrible about "lol" though and I think that's almost worse.

Celery Tree said...

There's an award for you at our blog!

Lisa said...

Thanks for linking to me! So far cutting down the emoticon usage has been tough, but worth it. I've been noticing much more in depth conversations with other people online!

erica and christy said...

Ooh, Christy just emailed me an AWESOME new one. I'll send her over to sign up. :P
erica
(yeah, we're just starting our addictions. it's new and shiny to us, what can we say)

Kelly Dexter said...

I was a total emoticon snob until I realized how often I use them. Still working on curbing that whole deal, for many of the same reasons you are.