I’m confused. What is the etiquette with an X (kiss) at the end of an SMS or email?
Do I put one? Do I not put one? If I don’t put one, am I being rude? If I receive one, should I reply with one?
I’m not much of a general kisser so it’s a bit outside of my comfort zone to sign off on messages with one. And if I do, it feels wrong – a bit like cheating. Is an X a friendly sign off or a sign of over friendliness? Has it just become the norm?
I think some people do it without thinking. My wife sent an accidental X to our accountant, followed by an apology when she realised. I receive them from clients occasionally, the same embarrassed apology follows.
I understand the need when it comes to family or even close friends. An X at the end of a sentence is a nice sign off. An indication that you love them, miss them, appreciate them. But is it necessary with every message?
An X for Mrs Smith the babysitter or an X for the hairdresser to thank them for a wonderful job seems a bit much. Does Janette the cleaner really need to send an X when she asks us to buy more detergent? Could a message to a work colleague ending with an X be construed as more than just a friendly sign off? There is definitely a flirty element to some of it.
I have to admit to looking at my wife’s text messages – I’m not checking up. It all started innocently enough. She asked me to read out a message for her. The next thing I know I am immersed in what amounts to being the most fantastic real life soap opera.There are more twists and turns happening on that phone than an Olympic gymnast’s training session.
The drama on that little mobile device is more than I have seen on Neighbours and Home and Away combined. I have to check her phone in the evenings to catch up. I can’t sleep if I don’t know what has happened since the previous day’s cliffhanger. Will Susie marry Dave despite her fears…….Andrea said what about Julie’s son…. will Rambo the dog survive the operation….. which boy will Monica choose…..the hairdresser said what…. the bridesmaids’ dress is what colour… OMG…. Olivia is splitting up with WHOOOOOO????