Emoticons: The Best Way to Express How You Feel to Your Distant Friends

In our times, we all spend a great deal of time using the latest communication technologies like Twitter, WhatsApp, other instant messaging applications and social networking websites like Facebook, etc. There, we can share and exchange information, including messages, pictures, files, or music. We use emoticons (formerly known as Smileys, or pictorial images of a variety of emotions) to visualize to other people the emotions we’re currently feeling. Many would agree to the fact that an emoticon is probably among the most important and most effective way to express our mood or feelings to the people.

Since the last decade of the last century, the smile like :-) or ;-) used to be the simplest way to express positive emotions. Such kind of smileys were used in chat rooms, forums, or other online places where people could communicate with each other at the end of the 20th century. There were only a few ways to express positive and negative emotions, using special characters. Today, we use emoticons or animated smileys to express a great variety of emotions, starting from a simple smile and ending up with quite specific kinds of mood like sarcasm, frustration, confusion, embarrassment, and so on.

Moreover, nowadays, emoticons are used way beyond just indicating our feelings. Animated or graphic images are used to express actions (winking, crying, shouting, kissing, etc.), objects (flowers, plants, animals, meals, accessories, transportation means, objects of nature, and many more), conditions (sleeping, riding a car, etc.), and so on. Finally, there is a brand new development like Eastern emoticons known as Kaomoji, which use images or graphics adapted rather to the Far Eastern traditions of visual art. Undoubtedly, using emoticons (both in the form of traditional smileys and graphic images) makes our online communication more expressive and aesthetically pleasing. 

For more information about emoticons please check out our "Emoticons Smiley Face Symbols" page.

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