How Emojis Ruin Conversation

Language is best when it’s layered

Paul Greenberg

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Last year I got into a fight with a good friend because I refused to reply to his non-words. It didn’t matter if he’d send me a winky. Or a sad face. Or a heart-eyed smiley. I just wasn’t interested. He could double exclamation point my insights, double ha ha my jokes or thumbs up my proposed plans all day long. No reply. Eventually all this boiled up into…

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Paul Greenberg

New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish as well as The Climate Diet and Goodbye Phone, Hello World paulgreenberg.org