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The Delicate Dance of Emoticons: How We Communicate Beyond Words in the Digital Age

   On the Internet, chatting with friends you don’t know well is time-consuming. It’s not about choosing words, but choosing emoticons. Since you are not familiar with someone, you must remain appropriately polite and courteous, especially those with special identities such as colleagues, bosses, or customers, and you must treat them with caution.
   As long as the text content contains questions and answers, and there is a basic framework, there will not be many discrepancies, and the emoticons will have a lot of room for free play. To a certain extent, emojis are equivalent to the expression on a person’s face, whether they are enthusiastic or indifferent, friendly or cold, clever or honest, friendly or “keep away from strangers”, from the emojis It can be seen to some extent. When dealing with friends who are not familiar with him, he mainly focuses on a persona that is “lively, enthusiastic and knowledgeable”.
   Can we just be casual with a pair of familiar friends? No, neither. When dealing with good friends, you don’t need to worry so much about the choice of emoticons, but you need to put some effort into the words.
   Good friends are willing to share their daily life with you and are looking forward to your feedback. When the other party posts a joke, and you twitch the corner of your mouth and type the word “haha” after reading it, it’s like pouring cold water on the other party’s head. If it fades away, as expected, friendship will disappear, right? Before this sentence appears in the other person’s mind, quickly send a few more lines of “Hahaha”. Don’t ask how many, starting with three lines will appear sincere, and add “It’s really funny.”
   If the other party sends you a selfie and asks you if the new clothes you bought look good, replying “good” is definitely the wrong answer. This is a great moment to show off your literary talent, so how can you waste it? You must exhaust what you have learned throughout your life and use all the words that describe “good-looking”. In addition, remember that any praise for not buying links is hypocritical, and asking for links is the best compliment for a piece of clothing.
   When chatting online, both text and emoticons begin to “expand”. When the other party sends a message, you reply with “um”, which means indifference, while the words “um” appear to be much more friendly. The other party answers a question for you, and you reply “Oh”—who are you showing such a cold face to? Saying “Oh, oh” is not only sincere, but also instantly cute. When the leader sends a notice in the group, you can reply “received”, but if it is sent to you privately, you need to add modal particles, “received”, or “ok” or “ok”, isn’t it very Clever? At first glance, he looks like a good and obedient employee. If the leader adds “Thank you for your hard work”, the number of “ok” you reply will increase exponentially, and there will be more modal particles. It is best to add a few tildes, otherwise it will look like you are ignorant. Anyway.
   The emoticon I use the most is the little green man that comes with the system to express a hug. I have to say that this emoticon is really easy to use. It seems to be a special etiquette on the Internet planet, just like the stickers that foreigners like. The same as the face gift, it is suitable for any occasion and anyone. This emoticon single-handedly breaks down the barriers between superiors and subordinates, men and women, old and young. Once it is used, the atmosphere immediately becomes harmonious and peaceful. If one is not enough, use two. If two is not enough, use three. If not, use a row to ensure that the enthusiasm is fully utilized. Even if the people on both sides of the network are “socially afraid” and would blush when shaking hands with others in real life, here they become “socially awesome” in an instant and can “hug” anyone without any problems.
   In the Internet age, each of us is involved in it, and we are all “deeply harmed” by it, or at least “deeply disturbed” by it. Indeed, the “expansion” of words and emoticons has virtually increased the cost of communication and brought us a lot of extra troubles. Sometimes it makes us feel physically and mentally exhausted and want to get rid of it all. But we have to admit that when we receive the same reply from the other party, we will feel a kind of kindness and feel at ease.
   Across the Internet, we can’t see each other’s expressions or hear each other’s tone. We can only guess the other person’s attitude through some words and emoticons. At this time, with more words and emoticons, we can feel the sincerity of the other person. , and also let the other party experience our friendliness, why not?

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