Could the humble semicolon winky-face be responsible for office hookups across the country? That looks to be the case, according to a poll from dating site WhatsYourPrice.com. Respondents to a survey found that almost 49 percent of women and 59 percent of men who had romanced a co-worker said an emoticon (like or ) sent in an email or text was responsible for taking the relationship from strictly business to sexalicious.
But wield that keyboard with care. Use a virtual wink, and you might get more than you bargained for, The Huffington Post reports:
If you’re not in the mood for an office hook-up, lay off the emoticons; 71 percent of women and 90 percent of men said that receiving a winky face indicates the possibility of romance or a first date.
Even if you’d rather be bitten by rabid baboon than flirt with your co-workers, this information can come in handy when you’re sending your significant other a flirty text during the workday. Think of it this way: “winky face” via a suggestive email = “O face” later in the evening. Now that’s the kind of internet abbreviation we can get behind.
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