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I'm sure you've seen, and in all likelihood even used a smiley or emoticon one or more times within your internet experience. Be it been a real picture, or just a number of characters like:-), you've seen it! - copy/paste

You might be surprised to find out and exactly how these "smileys" have evolved in online communication. Well, it ought to be noted that psychologists have found that 90% of human communication is non-verbal (that's not likely surprising). Plenty of communication is perceived through body language, tone, gestures, etc.

On the net, whether it's in the forum, blog, email, or instant messenger chat, there is no mechanism to mention these "non verbal" signals. Hence, smileys! Smileys and emoticons are used to confer emotion regardless of what it's, sarcasm, jokes, anger, sadness, bashfulness, playful, etc.

The first noted emoticon ever noted is ":-J" addressing tongue in cheek.

Today, smiley face symbols and emoticons are becoming very popular in digital communication and also have started out 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 sorts of instant messenger chat applications (example: MSN messenger, AOL messenger, yahoo messenger, Skype). - copy/paste