We can hardly do without smileys, isn’t it! Every conversation that we have on Facebook, chats or Watsapp has us writing less of texts and more of smileys. This makes me wonder if there will be a day when we will start emoting rather than speaking while having a conversation with a fellow mate.
But, I must say, that the usage of emoticons has reduced the occurrence of people comprehending your message otherwise. Though some might use it, because everyone is using it and happen to place the smileys after every sentence unnecessarily, some casually use it as a means to make this expression more elaborate.
A survey conducted by a commoner showed that a batch of 96 million tweets that contained smileys, the following accounted for 80% of all occurrences.
Usage of this smiley is to display one’s affection and love towards someone.
The extreme version of the sad smiley is the crying smiley. The usage of this smiley is limited to moments one feels sorry for and deeply regrets its occurrence.
The flirtatious smiley has a hidden purpose behind its usage. It can either be a clear signal of a joke or can consume an ulterior purpose only known to the one who used it.
This is used by the user when he/she is skeptical and has no clue about what to contribute in a conversation.
:p Tongue Sticking Out
Used as a medium to indirectly tease someone for their comment or as a tag to one’s text to indicate non-seriousness or simply implies a ‘Nyah Nyah’ literally.
The laughing smiley is mostly commonly used by users on finding something extraordinarily hilarious.
This emoticon displays boredom, gloominess or frown and is used to express one’s remoteness. Some might use it with the purpose to gain empathy; others might use it to claim their no disturbance zone.
This is the most popular smiley of the whole lot. People use it along with greetings, to show approval, as a means to display one’s happiness on reading something positive about oneself or a situation. A survey conducted by Yahoo found out that 83% of the yahoo messenger users used the emoticon to express happiness and flirting.