You've probably seen, and in all likelihood even used a smiley or emoticon at least one time within your internet experience. Be it been a real picture, or just some characters like:-), you've seen it!- copy/paste
You might be surprised to discover and exactly how these "smileys" have evolved in online communication. Well, it must be noted that psychologists have discovered that 90% of human communication is non-verbal (that's not likely surprising). Plenty of communication is perceived through gestures, tone, gestures, etc.
On the web, whether it is inside a forum, blog, email, or instant messenger chat, there is no mechanism to convey these "non verbal" signals. Hence, smileys! Smileys and emoticons are employed to confer emotion it doesn't matter what it really is, sarcasm, jokes, anger, sadness, bashfulness, playful, etc.
The first noted emoticon ever noted is ":-J" which represents tongue in cheek.
Today, smiley face symbols and emoticons have become extremely popular in digital communication and also have started out from simple character sequences to simple static images and nowadays 3-dimensional animated smileys. You'll see support for smileys in all modern email providers (example: Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail) and all im chat applications (example: MSN messenger, AOL messenger, yahoo messenger, Skype).- copy/paste