SoCS: Emoting through icons

When I heard the word emote, the first thing that came to my mind was the ‘emoticons’. Probably because I seem to use them regularly and yet not too extensively. How the use of these emoticons has changed the way we speak using text or rather emote towards one another electronically. I never seemed to use it when I was writing letters back in those days. And yet my emotions were perfectly communicated to the receiver. Why has it become a necessary evil now? I couldn’t resist using it in that letter I wrote for you all too. Is it because we have become a little sensitive to the fact that not all the people we talk to, using the electronic medium, might actually know us in a personal sense and since they might belong to a varied and totally different society and culture, there is a need to inform them about the fact when we are being not-serious, at the least? Does saying a thanks with a smiley add a more softened tone to the word than the one said without it ? At least that is how I think so. But honestly, in case you see a thanks from me without a smiley, for any reason at all, it is always said with a smile on my ‘actual’ face and I always mean it. (I should probably add a smiley here to express that emotion I guess… but will not….Trying to refrain from using it in this post). But overuse of those emote icons (I purposefully separated that word so that it will appear that I adhered to the week’s prompt (and I am winking here) ) does get to me some times. I hardly use Whatsapp or any other group texting. I am not fond of texting. Phone screens are too big for my fingers and big phones are, well,  too big for my hands. But I had to be part of this group in whatsapp for my fitness class because of the updates on class cancellations or things like that. And the girls there (and a couple of guys too) always text with a bunch load of smileys. I don’t understand why 5 emoticons in place of one will convey anything more. And Yellow is not my favorite color. Wow… It almost became a sort of rant now here doesn’t it? Time to end it. After all this, will I stop using them? I had to put so much effort into not using one during the writing of this post. So yeah, no I wont stop using them. But I will definitely use them wisely (adding a smile here).        

Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

This week’s prompt word is “emote.” Feel free to add a suffix to it, or not, and just let it flow.

13 thoughts on “SoCS: Emoting through icons”

  1. You make a very good point. I was thinking about the fact that we used to write letters without them but now we can’t do without them. Why? I totally agree – it’s because the people reading us don’t know us or understand when we’re joking. It’s a way to save words (a wink to let people know we’re being sarcastic rather than saying it for instance). So yeah, I won’t stop using them either. But the fact that I feel I have to has always slightly bothered me.
    Thanks for this excellent post, KG. (Exclamation marks are another one… haha)


    1. Thank you Linda. Oh yeah. Exclamation marks and the three dots/ellipsis…(oh see I did one here too) I can’t do away with them. Almost its like a part of my personality now.


        1. Oh yeah, that could be a problem. Thank God, I don’t have to do that (it is really becoming very difficult to not use a smiley for this post and its comments)


  2. I agree with you about how “the use of these emoticons has changed the way we speak using text or rather emote towards one another electronically.” Well-put, and so true — plus it’s incredible how relatively quickly this change has happened. Widespread access to the Internet and cell phones has changed so much, so fast! I enjoyed reading your points about this in your SOCS post!


  3. I think emoticons are just short-hand that developed as a natural outgrowth of text communication that happens more rapidly than in the past.It’s an interesting phenomenon, linguistically. In a letter, you can take as much time as you need to make sure that your emotions are communicated effectively, and you tend to write them to people who know you well. That isn’t always true with real-time text communication.


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