After much resistance and persistently ignoring the demand of ‘communicative’ friends, I recently downloaded a phone app that allows group chats. It is wonderful that now I can type in one message and talk to twelve people at one go.

However, the icing on the cake is the tiny little symbols that I can add before, after and in between every message.

A smiley face here, two cocktail glasses there, a sad face in another message, a red blushing one in yet another, a pretty little heart in one, followed by sunflowers!

Emoticon-happy, I dotted my communication with symbols that completed the picture.

My words now had tone of voice. Compliments became flowery. ‘Let’s catch up’ came with the option of a steaming cup of coffee or frothing mugs of beer.

I wondered why I had not done this before, multiplying my happiness by the number of smiley faces that I could add.

And then I hit a snag.

Where was the emoticon that I could use to convey ‘betrayal’?

Disappointment? That feeling of let down?

Was there an emoticon I could use to convey restless waiting?

Or one that conveyed how it felt to have a summer breeze wafting through my hair while the spray of the salty ocean dimpled my cheeks.

Desperately looking for an emoticon to convey over-expectation and not finding one to even convey limitations, I chose the ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ and repeated them a few times over.

Reduced to a few finger signs, expression became a bit frustrating.

How easy it would have been if the sheer range of human emotions could each be represented by a symbol. And how impossible.

Maybe that is why expressing emotions continues to be a rare art?



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4 Responses to Emoticons

  1. nita mukherjee says:

    Very true! The heart’s anguish has no symbols.

  2. Quateel Ahmad (@quateel) says:

    that’s why language was invented in the first place. And even then words fail at times no?

  3. yes, so impossible..black and white you can show, how to show gray ?

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