I’m not all that big into «smilies», but I do use them to convey that whatever I wrote was ‘said with a smile’ or ‘tongue-in-cheek’. Guess I should be able to write in a way they wouldn’t be necessary, but I’m not. One time, when I first came online, I did write something which was totally misinterpreted, because of the lack of a smiley face, and after that I use them occasionally. In written language it is difficult to make emotions come across the way we do in speech … tone of voice, inflection, volume and so on. We have pretty much just the exclamation- and question mark.
Recently, I’v noticed a new smiley has shown up on my iPhone, namely this: 🙃. It represents ‘sarcasm’, I’ve just found out. Wouldn’t have seen that one coming — not spontaneously. From what I understand, it can replace the “jk”, ‘just kidding’ that I’ve often seen.
Won’t be frequently used by me, that’s for sure. I’m not the kidding type of person, and I don’t tease others much either. Personally, I doubt it will gain any traction in general, but we shall see.
Back in 1996/97 when I first came online, there weren’t any smileys. At least in the group I ‘belonged’ to, people typed * S * for smile, * LOL * [we all know that one], * ROFL *, * LMAO * and so on … they didn’t even use the : -)
Here, in WordPress, when you type a colon and a right parenthesis, it automatically becomes a smiley face … if you have it set that way, that is 🙂