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When is XOXO Too Much?

The Atlantic‘s magazine is out and among its offerings is the onset of hugs and kisses in workplace interactions. And by that, they mean over email. For example, two professional women collaborate on a project and one follows up with: “xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.” Even ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer is known to use it, so often in fact, that employees fear not seeing it.

An excerpt of quotes: 1. “I feel like xo has taken on its own kind of life,” says Karli Kasonik, a Washington-based consultant. 2. “I do it, most women I know do it,” says Asie Mohatarez, a writer and social-media editor, noting that she prefers a single x to the full xo. 3. “In my field, you almost have to use it,” says Kristin Esposito, a yoga instructor in New York.

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