I’m Romantic – I Use Emoji

June 26, 2015

During a recent ethnographic study, a 10-year-old girl told me, “Thomas is dating Abby.” Thomas, her 11-year-old neighbor standing next to her, grinned from ear to ear. I then asked, “Well, what does that mean, Thomas? How do you know you are dating her?” He responded, “Somebody told me she liked me, and I said I liked her back…so now she texts me all the time.” When I asked if he texts her back, he quickly replied, “Yes. And I’m romantic—I use emoji.”