Post # 1
So what are your thoughts on different emoticons, what they mean and when they should be used?
Also if the use of them means different things if used by a male versus being used by a female?
For example the ‘winky’ smilies such as , is it flirting or just playful, is it different when a girl uses it in conversations with other girls or with guys, to when a guy uses it with other guys or with girls?
And is that different from the winky tongue face ;P? If so, how?
Do we use emoticons to excess?
Post # 3
😉 is playful
😛 is usually “I’m joking”
;P can be used in conjunction with sexual innuendo or something.
Post # 4
I use 🙂 😀 😉 and 😛 with regularity.
Lots of smileys because I am a smiley person in real life.
😉 usually means I am making a joke or a bad pun, unless it is to my husband, in which case it can be flirty. The context determines more than the emoticon itself, for sure.
😛 is usually an “oh jeez” observation about myself or my bad typing lol.
Post # 5
I just wanted to leave a comment about using them to excess – and ths is a story about myself, not anyone else. Maybe it’s telling of how much time I spend on the internet/text messaging, but at one point a while ago I was replying to a work-related email (I hadn’t gotten the job yet, it was an e-mail conversation where we were working out the details to my interview). I actually almost ended that email with a 🙂 My Fiance, bless his heart (especially because he admits he knows NOTHING about the ‘corporate world’ so to speak) looked at me and said ‘futuremrsc, smiley faces are NOT professional’.
Pretty embarassing, I have to admit – but would’ve been far worse if I’d sent the email! Since that time I’ve really tried to tone down my emoticon useage LOL.
On the male vs. female question, I think of it as a different thing when my Fiance “winks” in a text message than when my girlfriends do it, because I know Fiance usually (or always haha) means some sort of innuendo, but I know my girlfriends don’t want to hop in the sack with me so obviously it’s a bit different.
This is a good thread! I’m interested to see some answers.
Post # 6
@sarahbabs: Yeah context really matters, when I text Fiance with ;P it always means something sexual lol.
Post # 7
Sometimes I have entire text conversations with my friends using emojis. I enjoy them. Ha ha
Post # 8
Would love to hear/read more opinions 🙂
Post # 9
I think that sometimes they help get tone across, which is sometimes misinterpreted in just plain text. Sometimes they are flat annoying, like when my mom uses them, or one of my kids. I know them well enough they are not needed. Dh wouldn’t know how to use them, so he never does, but that would annoy me too.
Post # 10
I think they definitely help to get the tone across that reading text can miss. I do rarely use them at work(email) though…once and a while but not near as much as in text or online.