We’re living in a digital age where everything seems to be automated, especially when it comes to human interacting with emotions and smileys.
Unlike in the past where people sent pictures of themselves blowing kisses in social media, nowadays emoticons that “blow kisses” are instead used.
Unlike in the past where people sent a picture of themselves smiling in social media, today smiling emoticons have replaced that priceless act.
Emoticons have what one would call a bitter sweet effect
How Emoticons Have a Bitter Sweet Effect
Social media is supposed to bring human beings together and the best way for that to happen is for people to interact with one another in a natural way.
Emoticons have somehow “filtered” this interaction to make it more synthetic that natural e.g. instead of people sending pictures of themselves with facial expressions, people now use emoticons. It’s hard to really tell how your friend actually smiles if he/she only send you emoticons…
On the other hand, emoticons and smileys have improved social media interaction by making it a fast painless process e.g. instead of having to explain how happy you are, one can just upload a smiley emoticons and be done with it!
Emoticons have been assimilated in almost all the social media platforms on the planet with Facebook, which is the biggest leading the pack.
To date there are thousands of emoticons and smileys online and they have been diversified to reflect the different races of earth e.g. one can use a smiling yellow face to represent a white smiling face or a darker smiling face to reflect a darker complexion.
At the beginning there were only the smiling and sad emoticons, but that has changed a lot as we now have emoticons that represent almost every human feeling e.g. anger, love, sleep, etc.
It should also be noted that emoticons have now found their way into email and even official documents.