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๐Ÿ‘€ โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“

February 9, 2016

Letโ€™s face it, weโ€™re all busy. If we can find ways to do something faster, weโ€™ll do it, or at least try. Take communicating. Years ago weโ€™d write long, hand-written letters, but when email came along, we were happy to jump onto the shorter, faster electronic mail bandwagon. And though email is still widely used, like everything else, there arrived a speedier form of messaging: texting. Even grandmothers took to texting. At first, texts were just shorter emails. Then they were made shorter with abbreviations: LOL, BFF, OMG. However, for something that was supposed to save time, I found myself spending more time deciphering them. SLAP? (Sounds Like A Plan). JTLYK? (Just To Let You Know). Exasperating. But even abbreviated words appear archaic as now weโ€™re onto the next thing: emojis. We use them to:

Make plans:
– Itโ€™s โ„๏ธ. Still wannaย ๐Ÿšด? Orย ๐Ÿ‚ instead?
– What U want for dinner? ๐Ÿ”? ๐Ÿฃ? ๐Ÿ”?

Describe what weโ€™re doing:
– Just ๐Ÿ‘ž biggest ๐Ÿž
– Getting ๐Ÿ’‡๐Ÿป at ๐Ÿ•‘

Or simply to pass along a message to a sweetie:
– โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜ป

Donโ€™t get me wrong, emojis are cute and easy to use, but sometimes it feels weโ€™re not communicating information as much as we are putting out a feelings chart. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ˜• With the plethora of symbols available – ๐Ÿท, ๐Ÿ•, ๐ŸŽ‡, ๐ŸŽฑ, ๐Ÿš—, โ˜Ž๏ธ, even a ๐Ÿšฝ – what will we do if we come across a word there is no symbol for? Not use it? Or (gasp!) spell it out? Will emojis begin dictating and limiting what we say based on if there is a graphic for it or not? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Some might see emojisย as progress, but arenโ€™t theyย just updated modern forms of hieroglyphics (โ™ˆ๏ธŽ) once used when there were no words? If you don’t believe me, stop by a history museum and check out an exhibit on the evolution of hieroglyphs. From there, go to the nearest Starbucks and look at the pictographs being tapped into smartphones. Yes, weโ€™ve come a long way. Or have we? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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13 Comments
  1. Tom Olverson permalink

    Yep, great point, Felice! Will technology actually stifle our communication?

  2. Dana Arschin permalink

    Cute xoxoxo

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Jim Kirstein permalink

    Right on Felice. In this hurry up world to many people do things quickly without taking the time to think.

  4. elaine toth permalink

    In my humble opinion I think most people that resort to this are socially inept, lazy and while they think this is their way of staying under the age grid it just shows me how really juvenile all of this junked up stupidity really is. Good as always Felice , a terrific assessment of current dopey trends!

  5. Marilyn permalink

    Technology is great if you understand it, but give me the good old day’s anytime! Miss You!๐Ÿ˜˜

  6. Marilyn permalink

    Technology is great if you understand it, but give me the good old days anytime! Miss You! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  7. Marilyn permalink

    I think I posted you twice because I thought I did it wrong the first time. That’s technology for you. Will we see you at all? Miss you, Us

    Sent from my iPad

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  8. Tina permalink

    Love this!!!! So true!!!

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  9. Richard Aberson permalink

    Yep—modern hieroglyphs and most of it is “Greek” to me.

  10. Deborah Golden permalink

    Ha ha ha ha ha. โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜Ž

  11. Auntie M permalink

    LISISITDA (love it since I’m still in the dark ages)!

  12. Deanna Rutherford-Blowes permalink

    Love it! The effects of technology is seen in the oral and written language skills of many students with whom I work. Which sometimes makes me ask: do the students really have speech and/or language impairments or are the technological short cuts to blame? Hmmm…thank you for your awesome insights.

  13. Leslie Hirsch Hochstein permalink

    Hi there! I just now read this, as it comes to an old email. I need to update it. But I laugh because I say this all the time! It’s like we went back to the telegram with text and now hieroglyphics. I was repeating that out loud before I got to your last paragraph. Great minds think alike. ๐Ÿ™‚ (see what i did there with the face?) YOu know I am assistant director at a summer camp, right? So I supervise high school and college kids. 200 of them. So one young kid I’ve taken a liking to – rough upbringing, some special needs, but gifted in electronics and at a tech high school now – I hired to teach electronics. he’ll do well with the subject, but clearly need help in organizing, planning etc. So I emailed him a start to a plan to help him out. he wrote back but literally wrote “TTYL” and signed it “Your BFFL,” I had to ask someone what that meantH

    Hope you are well, and snuggly and warm in Uncle Mark’s sweatshirt!

    Love, Les

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