i abhor emoticons.
let me be more specific: i abhor the little yellow faces adorning blog posts, comments and forum posts all over the internet. a simple, old-fashioned emoticon constructed of punctuation elemements — not so bad. like the smiley made from a colon and an end-paragraph. i’ve been known to occasionally toss one of these onto an email or blog comment when it may have otherwise been unclear that the preceeding sentence was meant in humor. it becomes my body language.
but these ones: ;) :) :( — i cringe when i see them. they are the e-equivalent of being deep in thought and having someone get right in your face and say: hey mr. grumpy-face, did you lose your smile? and the high-tech ones, with abnoxious little outfits and parts that move? well, let’s just say there are moments when violence makes just a tiny bit of sense to me. and more than one in an email, post or comment? this is time for natural selection. people who use multiple emoticons in one paragraph should be banned from the internet for life.
some punk is gonna comment here and put a bunch of ’em, aren’t ya. remember, i can delete comments and block further ones.
really, i’m not cranky today — had a great day at the water park with my daughter; then took her to see The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (we both cried). but i actually woke up last night thinking about this emoticon thing. consider it my little attempt to make the world better.