Jun 12, 2016 · 2 min read

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You’ve probably seen, and in all likelihood even used a smiley or emoticon at least once within your internet experience. Be it been an actual picture, or just a series of characters like:-), you have often seen it! — copy/paste

You might be surprised to learn how and why these “smileys” have evolved in online communication. Well, it ought to be noted that psychologists have discovered that 90% of human communication is non-verbal (that’s probably not surprising). Lots of communication is perceived through gestures, tone, gestures, etc.

On the net, whether it’s in the forum, blog, email, or im chat, there is no mechanism to convey these “non verbal” signals. Hence, smileys! Smileys and emoticons are utilized to confer emotion it doesn’t matter what it’s, sarcasm, jokes, anger, sadness, bashfulness, playful, etc.

The first noted emoticon ever noted is “:-J” comprising tongue in cheek.

Today, smiley face symbols and emoticons are becoming popular in digital communication and have started out 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 many types of instant messenger chat applications (example: MSN messenger, AOL messenger, yahoo messenger, Skype). — copy/paste

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