I don’t use smiley faces. No winking smilies, no sad smilies, no laughing smilies, nothing. I’m not entirely sure why, but they strike me as quite tacky and hackneyed. They’re just very unappealing. It doesn’t bother me when others use them, and they can help to give posts a clearer feel . . . but I cringe at the thought of actually using one myself.
What you will see in my posts, from time to time, is something that reads “(insert smiley face).” I do this usually when I want to suggest that my strong language does not constitute a personal attack (even when it sort of does). Clearly, I don’t disagree with the idea of the smiley face, only the form.
A) Why is that?
B) Does anyone out there feel the same way? Why or why not?