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    Emoticons can bite

    Even among serious, sober-sided business and professional people, those happy, sad, laughing, crying and other funny-faced email emoticons are spreading like a contagion, warns the New York Times, October 21.Some people love them because they are said to convey “tone,” which might not be apparent in the naked words of an email messages. If you crack a joke, for example, you might add a laughing face to ensure your message isn’t taken seriously. “I figure they have saved me some grief from misconstrued tone many times,” Lisa M. Bates, assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, told the Times.

    Others hate them.

    “They’re part of the degradation of writing skills—grammar, syntax, sentence structure, even penmanship—that come with digital technology,” Bill Lancaster, communication lecturer at Northwestern University in Boston, complained.

    Should anyone send an emoticon on Facebook to British journalist, actress and radio personality Maria McErlane, “I will de-friend them,” she warned. “I also de-friend for OMG and LOL. They get no second chance. I find it lazy. Are your words not enough? To use a little picture with sunglasses on it to let me know how you’re feeling is beyond ridiculous.”

    So there! You’re warned. Emoticons can bite.

    One Response to “Emoticons can bite”

    1. Hello just thought i would let you know one thing.. It is 2 times now i’ve landed on the website within the last 2 days hunting for totally unrelated things. Odd or what?

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