Every so often something gets on my nerves and I feel bad expressing that annoyance for fear of hurting someone’s feelings. My aunt, for example, gets upset every time I correct her grammar or spelling on Facebook. Granted, perhaps Facebook is not the best place for a lesson in the English language but it’s something I’ve always done, and most of the time without thinking. (I do this everywhere, I guess it’s kind of a bad habit, but whether in person or IM I have this compulsive need to do so.) Lately I’ve been trying to be a bit more conscious about what I say when correcting people, but I have to say the following things in internet culture annoy the shit out of me and I can’t keep my mouth shut any longer:
- Excessive use of exclamation points
- The use of an emoticon such as :) or :D after saying anything that could be taken badly
Firstly, never ever ever should every sentence in an email end with an exclamation point. Doubly so for blog posts. I don’t care if you are SO EXCITED OMG!!!! It’s just not necessary and comes off, to me, as childish. :)
See what I did there? I stuck in a smiley face after saying something is childish. After blatantly telling everyone who uses exclamation points everywhere that you know what? You’re acting like a little kid! But hey, I put a smiley face after so you shouldn’t be offended. How annoying is that?
Now you know what I mean. I constantly see this happening, most often in Tweets. It’s annoying. Please stop. :D