Yup, that right. There is an unwritten rule for the proper use and application of smiley faces when using chat or text.
I know... I had no idea either.
Apparently, if you are (as Mount puts it) a 40+ person of the male-type species, not only is it inappropriate to use smiley faces in a chat conversation but there might actually be jail time attached to such an offense... but I'm not quite certain about that (check with your local law enforcement agency).
I had no idea. But then again, I am neither 40+ nor male... so I guess I didn't get the memo.
Yes, yes... I am on the downhill slide to 40, but I'm not there quite yet. Yet.
The same goes for LOL. One of my favorite terms to use while chatting. And I don't just throw it out there at random. I am laughing out loud and want to share my joy and mirth with the person I am chatting with... is this wrong?
And what other unwritten chat rules do I not know about? I could be breaking the law every night and not know it... oh the horror!!