I don’t know about you but I text my friends all the time. I remember receiving and sending my very first text a few years ago. I was hiking up Torrey Pines when my phone starting beeping. I think I had the Palm Treo; I wasn’t even using an iPhone yet. I had no idea what the beeping noise was indicating, but as soon as I figured it out, I was addicted. My brain went a million different directions and I just remember thinking that if we had known about “texting” when I was working and sitting through all day meetings, I would have been on my phone the entire time! And then, a few years after that, I discovered the “emoji”. It was another “Wow” moment for me. Now, not only do I not have to talk on the phone when I’m in a rush, but I don’t have to type a lot. The emoji takes the place of all my emotions. What could be better?
My favorite one has the one eye closed and the tongue sticking out. I also love the face that’s sending a kiss, it just makes “the receiver” feel good. In the morning, I’ll ask my daughter to text for me. I’m great at dictating entire texts for her to send out and she’s so fast that it’s a win/win situation. When I’m done, I’ll ask her to add an emoji and she rolls her eyes because she thinks that I over use them.
I asked my son and my husband if they use emoji’s when they text, and their answer was the same – no. I’m pretty sure I’ve never sent a text when I haven’t used an emoji. It’s just so much easier to portray how you feel and it takes the “guessing” out of what the received thinks you are trying to say. I’ve certainly misinterpreted many a text and I’ve sent many that could be misinterpreted, if I didn’t add a smiley face at the end. Sometimes my entire text is nothing but emoji’s. An emoji just gives you a good feeling and makes you smile. Here is an example of a text that can get you in trouble:
Sender - “You look great today. Did you blow out your hair”? Receiver interpretation- “What is she saying, that I look crappy every other day? If she thinks my hair looks so bad all the time, why doesn’t she just come out and say it”? In comes the emoji to save the day! If you send that same text with an emoji at the end of it, maybe use a “purple party girl”, then it takes all the interpretation out of the message and makes the receiver feel good and not pissed. I love it when my friends and I are trying to eat healthy and stick to a plan, and let’s just say we aren’t having the best day – we send all sorts of funny emoji’s including: a gun, a pig, a piece of cake, fries, wine, more wine, a few red x’s and then a crying face. If nothing else, we get each other. We laugh, we continue to indulge in our eating and drinking, but now we know that our friend on the other end of the phone “feels us”. It’s almost like the mom’s secret language; I’m fairly certain that if my husband read one of those texts, he’d be scratching his head wondering what the hell it said!
I started asking a lot of friends about their texting habits. It turns out that women use emoji’s all the time when texting, and men don’t. One friend told me that she was typing a text for her husband, to a large client, and she added an emoji. When he saw the text that she sent on his behalf, he flipped out. He told her that men do NOT send emoji’s to men, especially clients. Today I wished there was a barf emoji – I could use that one a lot! I’m still unclear about the poop with the eyeballs emoji and what it means, but I do have a friend who sends it to me all the time – hmmm?
Do you send emoji’s when you text? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.