I've been trying to pinpoint the exact moment I started reflexively emoticon-ning.
A year ago, I sneered at ;-) sign offs. Grow up, thought I.
Two years ago, I had no idea what an emoticon was. I was too busy figuring out Facebook.
Three years ago, I'm not sure it was even a word.
This is a pattern in terms of my relationship with technology. CD's, cell phones, email, Ipods, Facebook- it's all the same.
Here are the stages of ;-)
disorientation: what is an emoticon?
annoyance: why can't you just express emotion through words?
generational disdain: why is my generation so lazy and immature?
rebellion: I will never use emoticons.
psychological analysis: why is it easier to write a a smiley or frowney? what are you really avoiding?
anthropological critique: is this an emotional disconnect specific to our post industrial pre-apocalypse world?
bargaining: ;-) is kind of easier. I'll just ;-) sometimes.
acceptance/exhaustion: I love emoticons. I'm too busy to feel. How did I ever live without ;->