Is emoticon usage in decline?
July 30, 2012 2:58 AM Subscribe
Is emoticon usage in decline for non-personal messages and posts? What replaced emoticons?
posted by molamir to computers & internet (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It seems to me that it's mostly only personal emails these days that include emoticons, whereas in the past emoticons were often used to indicate humor or sarcasm even in non-personal emails and postings. I suspect that this is a result of emoticons being a way of shoving normal in-person communication through a text interface. As people get more sophisticated about communicating through text the need to make it "like" in-person communication goes away. If you want to be humorous or sarcastic in text, we are becoming sophisticated enough these days to find some way of indicating that in the text itself without resorting to explicitly telling people how to interpret things with emoticons.