I’m the sort of person who gets deeply offended if you read my message but do not reply back to me right away. Not really, I’m only kidding…sort of.
Technology has come a long ways, and with it a whole new set of social etiquette rules that we’re still in the process of learning.
For example, LOL means “Laughing out loud”, if you see the ellipsis indicating that someone is typing, you wait your turn before saying something else, and you never, ever reply with “K”.
How about that thumbs-up icon though? I’ll tell you what I think of it, I think I hate it. Unless, of course, I’m trying to be sassy at someone, then it comes in quite handy.
If I’m having a conversation with my boyfriend and I say, for example, “I’m running to the store.”, he may reply with a thumbs-up, to which my response will usually be “Is everything OK?”…yes, it’s sadly true.
Part of the problem is that it’s confusing. Some people (especially those who aren’t big on social media) will use the thumb as a friendly icon. On the other hand, I know some people who give the thumbs up as if to say “Go fuck yourself”. Then there are some people who give a thumbs up, not necessarily in a mean way, after I’ve just typed them a huge paragraph. Really, just a thumbs up?
As I mentioned, I rarely ever use the thumb, only when I want to come off as snarky. Which you can see is hardly ever 😉 I guess my main issue with it is that it doesn’t acknowledge what I just said in the message I sent the person. If I’m going to take the time to write words to you on my tiny little screen, I at least want some sort of acknowledgement. Not a picture of a blue finger.
So, where do you stand on this “issue”. Do you feel just as irritated about it as I do, or are you a thumb-giver?? Please share with us!