The Power of ‘Smileys’ in Text Conversations

The Power of 'Smileys' in Text Conversations

Consider this…

It’s a beautiful day outside 😀

It’s a beautiful day outside

It’s a beautiful day outside 😉

So what is the difference between the three? They each insinuate something by the use or lack of the smiley.

Because text is a way that we communicate with people when other means of communication are not available or by simple means of convenience, it is important that we are aware of how we are perceived by others. Whether it is your best friend, lover or acquaintance, adding smileys is a great way of keeping a happy positive tone to the conversation. Why?

1. IT SHOWS THAT WE ARE MAKING AN EFFORT

I understand that a certain sector of the population may use smileys more than others. Girls tend to use them more than boys for example. Men may see it as quite juvenile and women may not use them because it may make them seem less mature. But honestly, it is not a bad thing to add a smiley face here or there in our text conversations. It adds a lighthearted and playful tone to the conversation. It leaves a good aftertaste. It may be less appropriate in formal conversations- obviously. But what is the harm in informal situations?

2. IT INJECTS SWEETNESS AND POSITIVITY INTO A CONVERSATION

I personally find that when someone adds a 🙂 in a text message, it makes me feel good. Why? In my mind i’m thinking; the fact that you added a 🙂 or 😉 made me smile with you.

3. THEY MAKE IT CLEAR HOW YOU’RE REALLY FEELING

There a difference between:

It’s really hot outside 😀 and It’s really hot outside :/

One says ‘I am happy it is hot outside’, the other says ‘I am not so sure if I like that it is hot outside’

Too add, what do you think this insinuates?

‘It’s really hot outside ;)’

I leave that for you to figure out.

To conclude, don’t be afraid to add a few smilies in your text conversation. I do believe that you can overdo it (I tend to be guilty of this) but I am on #TeamSmiley 😀

 

(Danli Rose)