The other day I was texting on my iPhone. At the end of the last one I put the purple-smiling-devil emoji. But it’s tone was wrong: not a mistake but false. I was suggesting my message had a snarky lightness it didn’t have.
So why did I send it? Partly because without it my message was “serious” and “serious” is definitely outside of the emotional range of most of texts. The emoji brought things back inside the margins.
So why didn’t I use this moment of seriousness to expanded the emotional range of my texts?