One of the biggest problems with communicating over the Internet is the inability to show emotion. Emoticons or better known as – “emojis” have filled that gap by providing ways to use text to describe feelings. The name “emoticon” comes from a combination “emotion” and “icon.” Simply put, they are symbols that are used in chat rooms, message boards, e-mail messages and IM messages to display emotions.

Emojis are normally used at the end of a sentence in order to convey the feeling associated with that sentence. For example, when a person makes a statement in jest, the “winking” emoji can be used afterward to imply sarcasm.

Originally, emojis only made sense if you turned your head to the side. Today many IM programs, chat ro, ms and message boards employ animated “smilies” to imply emotion. These smilies are normally unique to the platform they are being used on.

Here are several of the most common emojis:

: )  — Smile

: O – Surprise

: ( – Frown

: P – Tongue stuck out

; ) – Winking

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