如今的男性表达情感的方式越来越大胆，竟有这样一群人在互发手机短信时，在结尾处互留热“吻”符号(x）。这就是最新兴起的“都市美信男”（译者注：Metrotextual为metrosexual一词的变体）一族。Men have become so openly affectionate with each other using mobile technology that they’ve taken to signing off text messages to male friends with a kiss (x), giving rise to a new generation dubbed "Metrotextuals".
New research from mobile phone firm T-Mobile reveals nearly a quarter of men (22 percent) regularly include a kiss on texts to their male mates, T-Mobile said in a statement.
"Metrotextuality" is most widespread among 18-24 year old males with three quarters (75 percent) regularly sealing texts with a kiss and 48 percent admitting that the practice has become commonplace among their group of friends.
Nearly a quarter of this age group (23 percent) even appreciate an ’x’ in a text exchange from people that aren’t close friends.
But it’s not just younger men that have become Metrotextuals - one in 10 men over 55 often completes a text to another male with a kiss, according to the poll.
The research also revealed there’s a certain etiquette within metrotextuality. A lower case ’x’ is the preferred sign-off for most (52 percent) compared to 17 percent for a bolder upper case ’X’, with one in three sharing the love in a big way with multiple lower case kisses (xxx).
Clinical psychologist, Ron Bracey, said that men have traditionally been reluctant to share their emotions with friends and tended to keep their feelings bottled up.
"However, the advent of mobile phones and social media means more communication is done non-verbally, and through this it seems men can more easily share their feelings with others - especially their male friends," Bracey said in the statement.
Confirmed Metrotextual Nick Kirkham, aged 25, who works in insurance, said he and his friends have been sending kisses to each other for years.
"In fact, apart from my boss or a work client, there’s no one I wouldn’t send a kiss on text to," he said.
sign off：to announce the end of a communication; conclude（结束写信）
etiquette：conventional requirements as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion（礼节）
lower case：small letters and often auxiliary types（小写字体。下文中的upper case则是指大写字体）
in a big way：to a great extent, conspicuously（彻底地，大规模地）
bottle up: to repress, control, or restrain（压抑情绪）