Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Doesn't this smilie face look devious?
Every time I see one of this particular smilie face at the end of a sentence it recasts the statement it proceeds in some kind of devious light, as if the author was up to no good.
Since emoticons can be used to convey tone and meaning in an online conversation I think it's important to point this out. It's hard enough to convey emotion and meaning when writing online and having split-personality emoticons doesn't help.
Let's look at the emotions evoked from two similar emoticons:
Emotions evoked = fear, deviousness, psychopathedness.
Now take a look at this emoticon which follows the exact same statement:
Emotions evoked = hope, friendliness, not death.
Am I nuts or do you feel the same way? Leave your emotional reactions to these emoticons in the comments.