How often do you text, WhatsApp, chat, message your friends, co-workers and family members? And do you use emoticons to express your emotions and feelings? The effective use of emoticons enhances communication and informs the receiver of the temper, mood and tone of the sender. Textual communication carries an emotional aspect to it which can subtly affect the recipient with the appropriate use of emoticons during the conversation.
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With the growing epidemic of social media and texting, this pictorial representation of facial expressions has played a significant role in communication through technology. Although they are informal, they might just play an important role in bringing additional meaning to your conversations by clarifying your tone. Today you will encounter these little beasties in almost all informal conversations as a strategically placed emote informs the reader that an otherwise strange or rude declaration was only mean as a joke. (eg: You moron! 😛 )
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But beware – the excessive use of emotes may make you seem childish and can annoy others. Emotes being an easy way to convey your mood, should probably only be used when you mean them – although we’re sure some would disagree. But stating your feeling verbally is possible and effective. It makes you more expressive. And attaching positive emotes to rude and mean remarks may not always make them sound okay.
On the other hand emotes are one of the best tool for elevating the emotional clarity of digital messages. So here is a basic guide to the use of emotes in everyday conversation! 🙂
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In addition to these basic emoticons there are many more which can be used to support your conversation at the right moments!