Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dots, Laughs, Smileys and Emoticons

Do you always end your sentences and text messages with ‘haha and smileys even though what you said is not funny?

Perhaps you end yours with a long line of dots like this.

Well, I have that habit of using too many ‘haha’s sometimes. May it be when I sms someone or while I’m using MSN Messenger. My fingers will automatically type the expression ‘haha’ every now and then. I have the HAHA Syndrome. Nowadays, I have restrain myself from using the word (I can call ‘haha’ a word, can’t I?) too many times. Even in my blog entries I try not to use that much of it. It is because I feel that the word has been used for the wrong purposes. For me that is. I’ve been treating the word as a fullstop. Most of my sentences I end them by typing ‘haha’ or ‘hehe’. Whenever I do that, I feel like some friggin’ person who has the fetish for ‘haha’s and ‘hehe’s. Yea, got to stop using these words as fullstops.

Do you feel the same way? Do you have the HAHA Syndrome? Haha! Hehe! Hoho!

Talking about the DOTS Syndrome next.

Question: Do you end your sentences with a long line of dots like this…………?

For now I haven’t seen many people doing this but sometimes I do realize it happening in testimonials/comment (Friendster) and I wonder if its to make your comment look longer and to use up all 1000 characters or what? I myself used to type dots everywhere; usually after ‘haha’s. Like this, haha……. I’ve stopped doing that though, because it’ll make the whole text messy. Dots more than actual letters! I’ve stopped and you should too. There’s one more thing I really don’t like. Have you ever read a bulletin/email/comment that asked you to scroll down a whole long line of dots? It’s something like this:

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Totally hate those man! It’s just so annoying.

Stop abusing the dots. Haha……! (whoops!)

Next issue, Smileys. I have no grudge on smileys yet. So, what I really want to talk about now is the MSN emoticons.

Check out the cool smileys Sony Ericsson has.

Now back to the MSN emoticons. What do you feel about them? ‘Cause I really feel annoyed by them.

Identity has been smudged away for some reasons.

It makes it harder for you to read what you friend is typing. Sometimes if the emoticon fails to load, the sentences would have empty blanks in them. Harder for me to read what you type. At times, an emoticon would appear in between a word. For example,

. It actually took me awhile to figure out that the word was 'oso'.

Emoticon + zD = massive grumpiness

Anyways, friends of mine who has these emoticons installed into your MSN Messenger, do not worry as I’m only annoyed at the emoticons and not you. =) This is just what I think of them. No hard feelings yah, if you like to use emoticons. ;)

So, that’s that. Another boring entry for another day. Do you have anything to say after reading this? Leave me a comment.

Word count: haha - 12

16 comments:

dy said...

haha! *Opps!*

i have this "syndrome" too! since those ICQ days. i have a habit typing dots... (see?) it's like long pause for me lah...

i think dots and "haha" at the right places are okay though. but then i agree on those MSN smiley that comes all at the wrong places. very annoying cos sometimes just can't understand what the other person is tring to write.

~YM~ said...

haha..... i see what u mean.. Oops... I did a few of those mistakes..X'D

well, for the emoticons, if u can't c, just right click on it and press select add. not actually to add la, but it will show the what are the words in the emoticons.

dy said...

ya.. when you're in midst of other things and someone send you text in msn with so many emoticons, it's quite troublesome, right? but luckily most of my friends don't use emoticons that often la.

:)

Lynnelle said...

i find people who use too many emoticons a tad irritating too!

and i think i have the 'hehe' syndrome. LOL. not forgetting the 'LOL' as well. nothing else to say then just say 'hehe' or 'lol'

=P

-wil- said...

good one. lol.
i got this kinda syndrome too. HAHA

Ping Ping said...

i have a few habit also. I used to put like .. after a sentence instead of one, dunno why also. And then I always put lol and =) or =P or =x habit liao.. Like automatically one.

HH said...

i also always put haha or hehe at behind of the sms... lol <<--- see??? or lol.... hahahaha >.< use to it liao... hehehe...

belz said...

i so damn agree with u. nice post. =))))))))

over-over d tim.

ayandy said...

just randomly passing through from innit.

i use 'haha' quite a lot on msn, and most of the time it's because i'm trying to show that i'm in a good mood, u know?

it's impossible to convey your mood when u type, and some things can be taken the wrong way... so the 'haha' diffuses the tension. =)

ps: the =) makes me comment seem nicer and not arrogant right?

?Angelpink?Ling~TotaLLy?nArCiSsIsTiC~ said...

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog - saw this post featured on nuffnang innit :)

Research has found that people use stuff like emoticons to manage their impressions and alter the tone of messages. Just like what Andrew said, "haha" has the ability to diffuse tension.

I also feel that by using a lot of "haha" without any other words, you're signaling to your chat partner that you're occupied with other stuff, or just can't be bothered to really chat with him, but in a more subtle, and possibly polite manner.

As for dots, if it's used for conveying hesitant or uncertainty, i guess that has some communicative values. But if it's just for decorative purposes, or merely to take up space, then it's really kind of lame.

Anyway, I hope I haven't bored you with my comment :p haha! Cheers!

Chingy said...

haha so cool la.....
omg haha this rocks....

I just violated the dots and hahas. Haha.

=P

Great one :D

Belle said...

wow! i use haha alot though
and most of the time i end my sentences with (:
or =x
-.- i have no idea why... but
it will appear to make a person
less intimidating ba..

and the msn emoticons. i think it is better when you use /ha or /something.. so you just type that when you want to use the emoticon. so for example.. when you want to tell people you are happy. you wont get that ha(emotion) and a ppy at the back.. and you wonder what the hell is that. yeps. hahas! (:
oh there i go again lols.

izzy said...

im guilty of the haha syndrome!

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