Emojis have increasingly become part of online communication because they make the text more elaborate and fun.
These can convey or hide different feelings and emotions but can be subject to misinterpretation.
Today on the Fatboy Show, presenters Olive Najjuma and James Onen aka Fatboy, debated the meaning behind a smiley emoji if someone uses it to respond to an ‘I miss you’ text.
Asked how she would feel if someone sent her a smiling emoji after she sent the ‘I miss you' text, Olive replied, “Well, that means that they are not as interested and would rather not lie about feeling the same way. So to save your feelings, they send you a smiley face.”
She argued that the same energy one uses to send an emoji is no different from sending the ‘ I miss you too’ response if one wanted to.
Additionally, Fatboy said men are nowadays conflicted in how they are supposed to communicate with a person they are interested in. “ It may seem so clear that you are into a girl, you love her and are ready to engage with her at any level, but a lot of ladies find it a turn-off,” he said.
However, his co-host Olive posited that communication has been altered, to make people believe that expressing their full feelings is turn off. “You can show a guy that you are interested in him and he starts to pull away. He doesn’t respond with the same energy, and you start questioning whether you made a mistake by expressing your feelings to them,” Olive posited.
The presenters argued that expressing true feelings is being shamed, making people communicate in circles because of the fear of being perceived as needy.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, and Sarah every weekday from 6 am to 10 am on RX Radio.