So, there was this article in the New York Times about how more and more “professionals” are using emoticons in their emails… and how it’s annoying the stuffing out of some [grumpy, in my opinion] people.
My thoughts:
1) The trend piece is about five to ten years late.
2) A journalist/activist/radio personality interviewed said she will “de-friend” anyone on Facebook if they use a “little smiley-frowny face.” And she won’t give them any second chances. : (
Anyone who is THAT against the use of emoticons should probably not use the word “de-friend” as a verb when interviewed by the New York Times. 
3) There was a complaint from ”the parent coordinator in an elementary school in Manhattan who spends much of her days answering and responding to e-mails of the (largely professional) body of parents.” For her, “the whole subject touches a raw nerve.”
Want to know what touched a raw nerve for me? The description of the school as being made up of a “(largely professional) body of parents.” Maybe it’s because I’m a stay at home mom? Maybe it’s because I felt like it was code for saying “upper class”? Maybe I’m just grumpy myself today. 
What do you think? Perhaps I’m overreacting? I’d love your opinion. ; )

So, there was this article in the New York Times about how more and more “professionals” are using emoticons in their emails… and how it’s annoying the stuffing out of some [grumpy, in my opinion] people.

My thoughts:

1) The trend piece is about five to ten years late.

2) A journalist/activist/radio personality interviewed said she will “de-friend” anyone on Facebook if they use a “little smiley-frowny face.” And she won’t give them any second chances. : (

Anyone who is THAT against the use of emoticons should probably not use the word “de-friend” as a verb when interviewed by the New York Times. 

3) There was a complaint from ”the parent coordinator in an elementary school in Manhattan who spends much of her days answering and responding to e-mails of the (largely professional) body of parents.” For her, “the whole subject touches a raw nerve.”

Want to know what touched a raw nerve for me? The description of the school as being made up of a “(largely professional) body of parents.” Maybe it’s because I’m a stay at home mom? Maybe it’s because I felt like it was code for saying “upper class”? Maybe I’m just grumpy myself today.

What do you think? Perhaps I’m overreacting? I’d love your opinion. ; )