78 Percent Teenagers Suffer From Smiley-Related Syndromes

Monsters all

Monsters all

Mumbai. 31 may 2009.

In a completely expected yet path-breaking study, a team of Social Scientists and Psychologists from Tata Insititute of Social Sciences (TISS) have concluded that most of Indian teenagers suffer from one or another kind of smiley-related syndrome. The syndromes, broadly bracketed as ‘Smiley Over Use in Chats and SMS’ (also known as SOUCHASMistic), ‘Smiley-Turno-Phobia’ (a mortal fear that smiley characters won’t turn 90 degrees to become an animated figure in Gtalk), and ‘Smiley-chronism’ (a condition where the inflicted uses a wrong smiley at wrong time, especially when chatting with a person of the opposite sex ).

Dr. Hatprabh Goswami, the man behind this research, says – “We found that an average teenager finds himself lost for words in places where there are no smileys. Starting or finishing a conversation without a smiley is alien to them.” Based on years of research and a survey of at least 12,0000 teenagers across 52 Indian cities, the TISS team has come up with some startling results. “At least 65 percent teenagers pray and wait for Gtalk smileys to turn around and do their animated gig. That gives them a high like nothing else. In fact, some of them have even started smiling like that in real life…tilting their heads to 90 degrees first, and then getting back to normal with teeth glowing”, adds TISS doctoral student Reshmi Ghosh.

Though the number of teenagers suffering from Smiley-Chronism is very less now (around 24 percent) but scientists don’t deny a possibility of a miscalculation here as “the survey sheets also had smiley-figures to be ticked for correct choices, and some Smiley-chronic teenagers might have ticked wrong ones because of their condition.”



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10 responses to “78 Percent Teenagers Suffer From Smiley-Related Syndromes

  1. haha…. “hatprabh goswami” is right there with “dhurandhar bhatawadekar”.

    and now.. the mandatory sentence-ending punctuation… ๐Ÿ™‚

    /wait for it to turn….

  2. Aman


    Initially I thought this was an Onion kind of report…

  3. thedailytamasha

    @ Animesh

    “Turn of the phrase” is now “turn of the smiley”.


    And what did you think post-initially? (And am amazed at the number of Indians who follow Onion.)

  4. Sushant

    hatprabh goswami masterpiece hai.. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    baaki teenagers ki problem hi kyun investigate hoti hain ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    age group 20-30 bhi kuchh kam nahi is maamley main ๐Ÿ˜›
    Misaal key taur par upar key comment hi dekh lo :B)
    usnkey liye koi report nahi banti.. :X

  5. thedailytamasha

    @ Sushant

    Bhery smart. ๐Ÿ˜›

    (And guess what, WordPress auto-converts smiley shortcuts into smileys)

  6. jayashree

    Ha,ha,ha ๐Ÿ™‚
    Its so true ๐Ÿ˜€
    I get texts[from kids] with more smileys than words[ if one call such abreviations ‘words’!] ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. Vikash

    ๐Ÿ™‚ no wonder the post is fetching so much interest… sahi likha hai…. ajkal smileys ka jamana hai ๐Ÿ™‚
    survey sheet had smiley entries… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    mai bhi 1 baar soch raha tha k people are less efficient in making expressions than e-smileys ๐Ÿ˜›

    and if ppl start making faces resembling those smileys… then watching such conversation will be fun… ppl making faces for ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€ :)) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ;(
    its so confusing at times…

    waise in my long career ๐Ÿ˜‰ i have noticed tht girls make more smileys per minute than men… so thot the gender aspect is missing here… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    may be coz u r married and make equal smileys these days… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    guess i hav used lots of smileys… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€
    keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. thedailytamasha


    Hee hee…yes, you made lots of smileys and had some mistakes too…smiley-chronic you are.

    And yes…I would have talked about the gender element but then I realized I also use a lot and may be am an exception, but that kind of took my right away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  9. rofl… what a study of smileys and nice observation varun sir.

  10. Christian R

    Lliw nab syelims ?

    Wow uoy era trams !!!


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