Craig recently started receiving texts from his dad with text talk and emojis which caused Craig to have a strange reaction…!😱
Emojis have their place. On a quick text/whatsApp message they add certain colour and fun. Text talk, for me, is frustrating as it takes away from the use of our beautiful language. In fact, I was recently involved in a conversation where an adult actually said “LOL” instead of laughing. Think about that for a moment. I was both confused and upset all at once.
So it seems that text talk and emojis are a current staple of human existence. But here are some of my concerns:
- My dad has discovered emojis and text talk. He will send me a smiley or sad face, he will use ‘LOL’ and on the very odd occasion ‘LMAO’ (the addition of the F to this text talk has, thankfully so far, not occurred). My dad using text talk and emojis? Isn’t that for young people like me? Then it struck me like a GIF in a text message. How do the younger generation feel when I use text talk (very occasionally) or an emoji (more regularly than I should)? Do they look at me and think ‘old man’ and does it impact the perception they hold of me positively or negatively?
- Still with the young folk. With the increased social acceptance of text talk and emojis, what happens when someone in their younger years completes an application form or writes an email to apply for a job? Do we, as business people, need to consider the change in the use of language and try to accept the degradation of our beautiful language? Or do we simply say “OMG” and look like this 😩? Maybe I just need to stop thinking about this stuff, chill 😁/ 🙌 and accept it…!
Let me know your thoughts!