The Dreaded Thumbs Up

Two Thumbs Up
Thumbs down for this conversation ender
“Life is too sweet and too short to express our affection with just our thumbs. Touch is meant for more than a keyboard.”  ~Kristin Armstrong

There are certain things in this life that bother me and I don’t know why.  Sometimes what bothers me doesn’t make sense but it doesn’t matter, does it?  I need to know my own triggers and learn how to either ask for what I need or delve far deeper into meditation and deep breathing exercises and let people do whatever they want.
One thing that nearly sends me off the deep end (besides a man bun), is when someone replies to my text with a thumbs up emoji.  That stupid thumb almost makes me want to throw my phone across the room.
Why is that?
I don’t know but the reaction is swift, fierce, and predictable.
Perhaps I realize that the sender must not know they’re not saving any time by sending only a picture.  The person who uses the dreaded thumbs up sign has to hit their emoji menu, select the thumb of their dreams, then hit send.  That’s two clicks.
However, if the sender simply types ok or ‘k,’ they’ve used the same number of clicks of the keyboard, or even less with just a ‘k.’
And let’s be honest, the thumbs up means a firm end to the conversation.  The thumb emoji may as well be a full hand put up in the air in front of my face, or at least that’s how I take it.  There’s no response to a thumbs up that makes any sense.
Should I send my own thumbs up to signify I’ve gotten their thumbs up?  Should I send a glass of wine, an angel, a kissy face, or heart emoji?  I’m confused about how to reply so I say nothing, and that’s kind of the point, isn’t it?  The sender has gotten their wish to be rid of me.
The problem is the sheer number of people responding with the thumbs up emoji has gone up quite a bit.  Just last week, all the women I spoke to (minus my children) sent a thumbs up emoji.
Looks like I’m going to be taking a lot of deep breaths until this trend of texting of thumbs passes.

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