The value of Smiley Faces & Emoticons Online
I'm sure you've seen, and probably even used a smiley or emoticon one or more times within your
internet experience. Whether its been a genuine picture, or simply a number of characters like:-), you've
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You might be surprised to learn why and how these "smileys" have evolved in online communication.
Well, it must be noted that psychologists have realized that 90% of human communication is non-verbal
(that's most likely not surprising). Lots of communication is perceived through gestures, tone, gestures,
On the internet, whether it's in a forum, blog, email, or im chat, there's no mechanism to convey these
"non verbal" signals. Hence, smileys! Smileys and emoticons are used to confer emotion no matter what
it's, sarcasm, jokes, anger, sadness, bashfulness, playful, etc.
The very first noted emoticon ever noted is ":-J" comprising tongue in cheek.
Today, smiley face symbols and emoticons have become very popular in digital communication and also
have evolved from simple character sequences to simple static images and nowadays 3-dimensional
animated smileys. You will see support for smileys in most modern email providers (example: Hotmail,
Yahoo!, Gmail) and all im chat applications (example: MSN messenger, AOL messenger, yahoo