Are kisses or emoji on work emails ever OK?
I AM a kisser, plain and simple.
But lately, I've begun to wonder if I've taken my kissing habits just a little too far - if perhaps I've gone over the top, in terms of when and how I "share the love".
I'm not talking about the haphazard pashing of strangers on the street, I am referring to my propensity to end text messages and emails with an "x", or three.
The tendency has left my children shaking their heads in the past, such as when I unwittingly sent the school cricket dad a series of overly affectionate text messages, having mixed up his mobile number with his lovely wife's - leaving dad positively petrified each time he saw me.
In an increasingly casualised society, the lines between what is proper and what is not can become blurred.
And our reliance on digital technology to communicate can mean that the intent of a message can be lost, and it is tempting to add an emoji to cement the tone you are trying to convey in a few harried words.
Personally, I love the emojis my dear old dad, aged in this 80s, includes on text messages to his kids and grandkids, typically signing off with hearts and an image of a man and woman holding hands, to represent he and his wife of half a century.
The long-lived show of romanticism and love never ceases to make me smile.
As for me, I've become so used to popping an "x" at the end of texts to friends and loved ones, I'll often add one to the end for someone that I don't know so well.
Just this week, I quickly shot off two work-related emails, in which, without thinking, I popped an "x" at the end - the intended sentiment, "I appreciate your generosity in taking the effort to look at this/help me with this".
In the artistic and public relations world, it's commonplace, but is it fitting in a wider workplace context?
And, if not an "x", how about a smiling emoji?
Surely, it'll just add a bit of good cheer to someone else's day and show this middle-aged woman is right on trend?
But apparently, it's not - and it doesn't.
Zarife Hardy, the director of the Australian School of Etiquette, is my go-to for all things decorum related.
"You shouldn't ever put a kiss ("x") on a work text or email - keep written communication professional, save your hugs and kisses for when you are face-to-face: I'm terribly sorry, I need to reschedule our meeting' doesn't require a smiley face," she tells me.
"It's a little like exposed tattoos. We all have an opinion on if we like them, or not.
"Some people find the emoji symbols immature, unnecessary and can make you look unprofessional, so it's best not to go there.
"By all means, use great positive language, just not symbols."
While it's true we have become more casual, she says, keep it a step above in the workplace.
She points out, while we might think it's cute to end a late-Friday email with a dancing emoji to signify we've nearly reached the end of the working week, others may not.
Adelaide careers coach and psychologist Darryl Cross agrees.
"It can be misinterpreted, and therefore create a very awkward social situation or else, create issues in a professional sense with work and productivity," he says.
"It is important to keep boundaries clear; blur the lines and issues arise."
Their advice is backed by recent research overseas.
Late last year, researchers from the universities of Amsterdam and Ben-Gurion in Israel polled hundreds of people from dozens of countries and had them read work emails from a stranger - and react to them.
"Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence … in formal business emails, a smiley is not a smile," concluded BGU's Dr Ella Glikson.
So, suitably chastised and out of love, I'm off to send some work emails and end them the good old-fashioned way, with a simple full stop.
Rebecca Baker is a journalist for The Adelaide Advertiser.