<3 – from online to offline September 19, 2007Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Chat, Language, Youngsters, Youth Culture.
Today : – ) (the smiley) can celebrate its 25th birthday. On account of that I want to share a little story about a related symbol, the heart: <3.
❤ is a symbol that especially youth use when they are communicating online. I have seen many examples on Arto where youngsters use the symbol when they are writing praising messages about each other, e.g. like this message from one 16-year old girl to another:
Hi my always lovely honey ❤
You know what? (; I love you – extremely much, and even more that that!
You mean the world to me! You are always so extremely lovely. So great, funny, splendid, sweet, beautiful, charming, wonderful, caring, great… yes, I could keep on going, beautiful.
You are EVERYTHING. )
The other day I was on my way home from a lecture talking about the very same subject; how youth communicate online. When I was waiting for the train at the station I saw these messages written on two posters right next to each other:
I love you
my Nour! ❤
You are everything, for me I:
For ever yours Briina!! (: )
– I love you!!
My Briina, for ever. (<)
You are my second best girlfriend!
For ever, baby :-*
#For ever yours Palle!!<3 )
Notice how the heart symbols have transformed from online communication to “offline messages” at the train station 🙂