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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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