“What Colour Underwear Are You Wearing Today?”
Good day everyone, it’s Nam-chan!
My friend and I went to the Beer Garden the day before. There’s Beer Garden in many parts of the world, but Kyoto’s Beer Garden is different! I spent two hours drinking beer, overlooking the Shijo Oohashi and the Kamogawa River, while enjoying trifle conversations. It’s like a poetic scene of summer, isn’t it? You can enjoy a view that is different as compared to walking the streets of Kyoto, from the hotel windows or looking out from the roofs of department stores.
And my friends and I had a peculiar conversation.
Smartphones and SNSes has had an astonishing penetration into the Japanese market. Regardless of age, gender, attribute, personality, weight or BMI, wherever and whenever anyone can easily send a message like “What are you doing now?”, “Where are you?”, “Who are you with?”, “What colour underwear are you wearing?” Gone are the days when, if you are interested in someone of the opposite sex, you’ll wait till late at night to use the only land line telephone to make secret phone calls.
It’s time to confess your love and propose marriage on Facebook! Soon anyways.
And yet, saying things face-to-face, and saying it on social networks is different, isn’t it? Especially when sharing one’s thoughts on social networks, a little misuse of words can lead to misunderstandings, which we must be wary of. That’s why we should leave the important things to face-to-face conversations.
Then what about the unimportant things? In the first place, to be able to talk about important things and start knocking off with others, these unimportant conversations are in fact important.
Everyone who is married has overcomed the trials of making meaningless jokes and has bore the brunt of cruel jokes. It’s definitely not an exaggeration to say that this trained sense of humour is achieved to reach happiness in their marriages.
But it’s difficult to say meaningless jokes face-to-face…
And that’s where social networks tools like Facebook Messenger comes in.
Face to face conversations demand replies in real time, testing one’s creative reactions. Doing it poorly leads to awkwardness, able to turn a lovely date into a funeral.
Take for example, asking the opposite sex what colour underwear they are wearing.
You go to a hotel restaurant for a dinner date with someone of the same age. Both of you dress up for the occasion, enjoying glasses of champagne under the chandelier, sharing life updates and silly happenings. Just when the mood has becomed perfect, your partner drops the question, “What colour underwear are you wearing?”
If your partner is
a female, the champagne glass comes flying. She is furious, ending in a breakup.
a male, the underwear he was wearing comes flying. You are furious, ending in a breakup.
As such, a face-to-face situation will end in tragedy.
What about through the social network?
You can ask ” Hey OO, what colour underwear are you wearing?” without the person seeing any perverted smiley expressions. Furthermore, the timing is dependent on the other person, to reply where and when he or she wants.
A: “I’ll be waiting at the turnstiles of OO Station, alright?”
B: “OK! I’m heading there now! What colour underwear are you wearing?”
A: “It’s B’s favourite blue colour!”
B: “Yahooo! Let’s get married!”
A: “Yahooo! Okay!”
A: “Good morning!”
B: “Good morning! You’re early this morning!”
A: “B too, you are early too!”
B: “I woke up from receiving your message!”
A: “What colour underwear are you wearing today?”
B: “It’s pink. What’s with the question?”
A: “I love pink! Let’s get married!”
B: “I’ve been waiting for you to ask!”
A: “You called? Sorry I was busy with work!”
B: “What colour underwear are you wearing today?”
A: “I’m not wearing any today.”
B: “I see, would you marry me?
A: “That’s interesting. You’ve got my attention.”
By using Facebook Messenger this way, you can ask the colour of the other person’s underwear no matter the situation. You may even receive surprising information like he or she is not wearing anything at all.
Not only do you not have to worry about how you look, they can take their time to answer too. Who knows, your marriage proposal may succeed like in the three examples.
Do note however, succeeding in asking about the underwear on the social network doesn’t mean success asking it next in face-to-face.
That’s it for today!
See you in the next post!