Saturday, 5 December 2015
There are some folks in the world who don't like people because of their different skin colour, or country of birth, or they don't like people who have different dangley bits than them.
These people are known as racists and sexists.
Then there are people like me. Emojiphobics.
The Emoji (which is of itself a stupid bloody word) for those who don't know, are those little yellow faces you may see in the posts of people who are incapable of expressing themselves through the written word.
There are smiley face ones. These are used to denote happiness.
Then there are red faced frowning ones. These are used to to show anger or rage at a thing.
There are a growing number of different ones, but two is my limit. If I have to describe more than that, I will end up throwing my computer out of the window. (red faced frowning face).
I'm sure that the words in brackets in that sentence above were not required. I hope that between my own written expressions and your personal intelligence, between us, we were able to convey a fully explored emotional base line as to how I feel.
It did not require the use of hieroglyphics - a brand of text that died out thousands of years ago, by the way!
The ever increasing use of emoji in electronic conversations is becoming a real issue.
It was not that many years ago that people began to use "textspeak" in real life.
Many of us will still remember and shudder in disgust at the first time we ever heard somebody actually say the word LOL.
Why would anybody do that?
If you find something amusing, just laugh.
It is an instinctive reaction. You don't even have to think about it. Just let it out.
To say the word LOL instead of actually laughing out loud is moronic and a waste of others time. Especially the person who has made you laugh. They are busy people and don't have time for your inappropriate code words.
Emoji are on the verge of becoming the new textspeak.
How long will it be before somebody figures out a way of verbally expressing a smiley face or a yellow face with shades on into the middle of a sentence?
What will be the reaction of the recipient?
It will all end in tears I tells ya!
Very soon, within our lifetimes, real life conversations will end up just being random words and noises that will require a handbook in order to decipher the bile being spoken.
"Smiley face, ice cream cone, dog, sun shine, purple blob, purple blob, balloon?"
They will ask.
I will destroy them with terrible vengeance.
Never to be seen again.
Because I am an Emojiphobic.