Many people sign off their emails and text messages with an x, for a kiss – but, according to media reports from the UK, the habit is actually making the colleagues of the x-inclined uncomfortable.
In a survey conducted by mobile network Three for International Kissing Day last week, some 44% of people said they found receiving virtual kisses from co-workers awkward.
A further one in four people said they felt obliged to return the sign of affection – even if they did not really feel inclined to do so.
And 15% of people confessed to sending at least one x to their boss, with 1% sending a somewhat excessive eight or more x's.
However, etiquette expert William Hanson told the Daily Mail that “you should only put a kiss [on a message to a co-worker] if you would kiss them in real life”.