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Why do many people unnecessarily use smileys and emoticons?

  1. kannanwrites profile image82
    kannanwritesposted 5 years ago

    I'm not taking any names. I find it annoying at times. Our thoughts and messages can be given effectively without the use of smileys or emoticons.

    Your opinion and thoughts why you do or don't use them?

    1. Pearldiver profile image88
      Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      roll  Just in case you DON'T have the power to Understand Accents! big_smile

    2. Pearldiver profile image88
      Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I would Much prefer Hand Signals.. but you probably wouldn't like that either!

    3. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I know that I am one of those people that use emoticons too much.

      Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there that interpret everything as sarcasm. The emoticon is to assure them that is not my intent.

      You are right. I'll cut down on it.

      1. John Holden profile image60
        John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Or who treat a sarcastic comment seriously.

      2. kannanwrites profile image82
        kannanwritesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yes that seems a good reason to use them. But not to overuse them.

    4. manlypoetryman profile image73
      manlypoetrymanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Now that's juz' crazy...using emoticons and smileys to say stuff...that's juz' crazy...right there.

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      Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Why do you get so annoyed with them?

      smile  yikes  sad

    6. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You are "not taking names."?    yikes  Thank goodness for that.  I would hate to be reported to the hall monitor.  roll

      Every one is different and has their own unique way of doing things. Smiley faces and emoticons is a way of assuring others of intentions and to  help prevent misinterpretations.  smile

  2. LeanMan profile image82
    LeanManposted 5 years ago

    I never use them because I don't know how lol or maybe I do... But I really don't care if anyone else uses them......... no different to using an !!!! or any other punctuation......

  3. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    Is it worth getting perturbed if someone likes to use smilies? I don't see the problem.

  4. Disturbia profile image60
    Disturbiaposted 5 years ago

    Because "unnecessarily" is relative and subjective.  What might seem unnecessary to one person might be just enough or even too little to someone else. And smilies often smooth things over when something awkward might have been said. Does it really matter how many smilies people use?  I say, using smilies is a personal freedom smile.

    1. rmcrayne profile image93
      rmcrayneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      +1

  5. Pearldiver profile image88
    Pearldiverposted 5 years ago

    This OP is So Petty I just had to come back again and say:

    Mate.. if I were you I should perhaps be more concerned with why getting touched up on the streets of your city really Pees Off Tourists! sad

    You should be Happy that we can laugh at the humor in your post!

  6. AEvans profile image70
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    I use them because when I complete a sentence it appears so sterile. I am who I am so I always add a smile. smile Sometimes a smile brightens someone's day.

  7. mary615 profile image93
    mary615posted 5 years ago

    I think they are fun!  big_smile

  8. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    You are wrong!

    You are wrong! smile

    You are wrong! big_smile

    This post not directed to any who.

  9. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    I use them more often than not. If someone doesn't like, then they are more than welcome to sit in a corner and pout about it, but what they will not do is tell me that I am wrong in using them whenever I use them. wink

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    Muldaniaposted 5 years ago

    I don't mind smileys.  What I find annoying though is when someone tells a joke, and then afterwards puts LOL.  If the joke is funny, there should be no need to indicate that it is a joke, as it should be obvious.

  11. Randy Godwin profile image93
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    I never use them myself!

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      roll

  12. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 5 years ago

    tongue

  13. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    http://bestsmileys.com/darwin/2.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/religous/3.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/cool/2.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/clueless/1.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/pirate/2.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/zapped/1.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/dinosours/2.gif

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/5947464_f248.jpg

  14. rpkedige profile image60
    rpkedigeposted 5 years ago

    Many times text messages don't have the same impact as face to face communication. When we keep emoticons there is greater chance that readers get the viewpoint of the writer. In face to face communication, face will do all the emotions related to the text we speak. So there it is not necessary. smile

  15. manlypoetryman profile image73
    manlypoetrymanposted 5 years ago

    http://images.zaazu.com/img/Happy-New-Year-new-year-baby-holiday-smiley-emoticon-000946-large.gifhttp://images.zaazu.com/img/Welcome-2012-New-Year-2012-welcome-smiley-emoticon-001176-medium.gif

  16. lisavollrath profile image88
    lisavollrathposted 2 years ago

    For the same reason that, in conversation, people laugh nervously, or say "umm" or "you know" in random places? It's just a conversational oddity from someone trying to get their point across.

    Smileys or emoticons bother me less than improper spelling, punctuation, or capitalization, which is often accompanied by the excuse that "it's just a forum post".  It's just lazy, and is also a bad way to represent yourself on a writing site.

  17. calculus-geometry profile image86
    calculus-geometryposted 2 years ago

    why was this thread necro'd?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I just learned a new word.

      1. colorfulone profile image87
        colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Me too, Cool word.

  18. Cheeky Kid profile image93
    Cheeky Kidposted 2 years ago

    Come to think of it, Egyptians expressed written words through "Hieroglyphics" (which really look similar but more complicated than smileys). Which might explain why people are fond of using smileys. *Hehe*

    As things are going and if ever smileys would become more extensive in terms of usage and whatnot, then we might just make something like the Hieroglyphics. Just a random thought. big_smile

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    Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago

    I don't know why we use them smile  smile

 
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