I’ve never been big on expressing affection. I reserve hugs for people I really, really bond with. PDAs make me wish Invisibility Cloaks were real. Being more-than-just-restrained in expressing your feelings and emotions can really put you in the bad books of a world that won’t stop squealing with delight or hugging and kissing at the drop of a hat. By the time I realized I didn’t quite fit in, I was past caring. I’m glad I have friends who appreciate the difference, rather than loathe it.
But there has to be a twist in every story, right? So here it is: All was well in my beautiful, PDA-banned, non-expressive world. Until WhatsApp.
I was a late entrant into the world of WhatsApp. And now I can’t believe I stayed away from this messaging app for so long! I got in touch with a lot of people. People who hadn’t even bothered to say ‘Hi’ in college sent a “Hey! Welcome to WhatsApp!” when my contact showed up on their list. Looking back, I find that this tiny app has changed how we communicate. I think it won’t be long before people forget the idea of having phone conversations. I can visualize a future world that hugs via WhatsApp. Which brings me to this emoticon on WhatsApp:
Has kissing in the virtual world become all too common now? Or am I stuck up? Because I see almost everyone sending that emoticon to everyone. Good morning texts, Good night texts, birthday wishes are all accompanied by this… this… thing. It’s a standard female-to-female communication etiquette; if you get one, you’re obligated to send it back in reply. That red, pulsating heart emoticon looks rather tame in front of this one.