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Jun 12, 2016 · 1 min read

You’ve probably seen, and in all likelihood even used a smiley or emoticon at least one time within your internet experience. Be it been a real picture, or just a series of characters like:-), often used it! — symbols to copy and paste

You might be surprised to find out and exactly how these “smileys” have evolved in online communication. Well, it must be noted that psychologists have discovered that 90% of human communication is non-verbal (that’s most likely not surprising). A lot of communication is perceived through body gestures, tone, gestures, etc.

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

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

Today, smiley face symbols and emoticons have become extremely popular in digital communication and have evolved from simple character sequences to simple static images and nowadays 3-dimensional animated smileys. You will see support for smileys in all modern email providers (example: Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail) and all instant messenger chat applications (example: MSN messenger, AOL messenger, yahoo messenger, Skype). — symbols to copy and paste

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