Emoticons and Emotions

Text-based communication

Emoticons are simple pictorial symbols used to convey a message. They can be used for a variety of situations, from delivering a joke to adding expression to a communication. Emoticons are often used in text-based communication, such as email, chat, and social networking.

Emoticons make text-based communication more personal. In email, for example, the use of emoticons makes it easier for the sender to communicate their emotions. Some hotels even allow customers to text an emoticon to request room service.

Pictorial representation of feelings

Emotions are represented through the use of emoji and faces. These images are similar to the human face, but have significant differences when it comes to the emotions they portray. For instance, emoji show happiness and faces show surprise. Both are used to represent different types of emotions, but they differ in their valence ratings.

In one study, participants were asked to identify which emoji represented which emotions. The researchers found that participants selected emoji for positive and negative feelings. Participants also responded faster to emojis than to faces. This suggests that emotional response to emojis is related to the person’s Fight-or-flight response.

Diacritical marks

To insert diacritical marks on emoticons, press the keys on your keyboard that correspond with the letter you’d like to use. Depending on your keyboard and operating system, you may need to use five different shortcuts. These shortcuts will enable you to add the diacritical marks that are required for emoticons.

In writing, punctuation marks are the marks that separate sentences and help readers understand what they read. They also provide intonation when reading aloud. Although emoticons fulfill this criteria, they are not yet classified as punctuation.

Portmanteau of emoji and emoticon

The term “emoji” is a portmanteau of “emotion” and “icon”. It originally came from text messaging as a way to communicate with people around the world. Apple later incorporated these characters into their messaging applications. Soon after, they were added to social media as ‘legitimate icons’.

Emojis have a long history. They were invented in multiple periods of human history, but today are widely considered to have developed in September 1982, when MIT professor Scott Fahlman proposed using them to distinguish between a serious statement and a joke on the Internet. Eventually, the emoji became ubiquitous among Internet users.


The history of emoticons dates back to the early 20th century. Originally, the symbols were introduced in satirical magazines such as Puck. These images, which represent emotions, were described as “studies of human emotion.” This kind of visual language reminded many of the early days of social networking and messaging apps. These visuals could convey a variety of emotions, such as happiness, sadness, and laughter.

These images are a typographical representation of facial expressions. They are often referred to as smileys or emojis. They were originally intended to represent feelings and emotions when sent through text. During this time, the Internet was mostly text-based. Fahlman suggested the use of emoticons in 1982.


Emotions are expressed in different ways with emoticons. Some are more common in certain countries than others. The Scandinavian keyboard layout, for example, places the keys for () and = next to each other. However, users are not limited to these two options; diacritical marks can also be used as emoticons. The O and U with an umlaut are two such examples. The latter symbol represents a lowered mouth or nose.

As discussed in an earlier article, emoticons are a tool for expressing emotion. However, their function depends on how you define emotion. In many cases, male creators of cyberspace emoticons have widened the definition of emotion to include sarcasm and teasing. However, these changes do not affect the emotional expression of women.