Maayan

Maayan

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emojirantby Maayan

I’ve pretty much had it with emoticons. And I apologize to all my friends who use them lovingly, with care…if it means anything at all, I was there myself but a short while ago. In typical fashion, I made lists:

Disclaimer: I’m still using the ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™ and :/ (ie, emoticons created by the antiquated letters of the keyboards).

Pros:

  1. They’re fun and funny
  2. They’re pretty and darn cute
  3. The whole “Picture says a thousand words”
  4. They’re quick and easy to use
  5. You can stick to recently used and no one will ever know.
  6. They’re full of options
  7. You can get out of saying something you don’t want to say (either because you don’t feel it or because you’re not in the mood or because you’re scared or ____) by using, say, a HEART.
  8. Your real emotions have a very, very pretty hiding place because you can just pop in 3 smiley faces and people really think you’re smiling…andย  THREE TIMES. One will not do.
  9. They’re quicker than picking words so you can divide your attention among many people pretty seamlessly

Cons

  1. They’re annoying and irritating
  2. They’re cluttery – I’m sifting through them to get to words.
  3. Poetry. Gone.
  4. They mean close to nothing at this point
  5. We lose the art of finding words and the pleasure of a well-formulated sentence.
  6. It’s not even like we’re DRAWING…and expressing ourselves with every stroke of say, a brush (I don’t know, I don’t draw)…we’re using an image that has so much loaded in it and it takes no effort. I have no idea what I’m talking about but I’m certain I”m onto something. This cannot be good for our brain development.
  7. We can be glib about how we feel – so much easier to plop an emoticon than using words that are really being said and where interpretation is vastly more limited.
  8. You can stick to recently used and no one will ever know.
  9. They’re quicker than picking words so you can divide your attention among many people pretty seamlessly..and totally lose any sense of yourself or what you really feel.
  10. They remind me of using multiple exclamation marks all the time – just too much damn excitement.
  11. Internalizing this image bombardment that, as I have proved beyond a doubt!, people are not on the same page about in terms of the MEANING/INTENTION of the images actually means total miscommunication that we shall never know about.

Bitter, you think? I think. Part of me misses it but most of me doesn’t…

What I’ve been doing instead that I’ve been enjoying much more!

First, this is pretty much a total ban…but I may do some re-integration at some point once I feel less dominated by them.

  1. Sending pictures of myself or moments I want to share – and really using the idea of “a picture says a thousand words”
  2. Re-learning how my intention can come across with words. It’s really beautiful!
  3. Texting less
  4. Meaning what I say – shocker.