Internet and Communication ;)

The internet has been an integral part of my everyday life since my 11 years old. How could I never come across its history and the way it emerged? The internet’s history as a whole is very interesting. Mainly if analysed from the very beginning, when governments and corporations were main actors to its occurrence and development.

However, what engaged me the most was the creation of the emoticons on the internet. Principally, the reasons for it to be invented and to continue being used nowadays.

Scott Fahlamn was the creator of the classic smiley design emoticon “:-)” in 1982. He wanted to confirm that his readers would understand that some of his comments in online posts would be sarcastic jokes. To avoid misunderstandings, he suggested the emoticon as to represent any sarcasm.

After all, when we use online text-based communication, comparing to when we talk in person or on the phone, we miss the clues of body language or tone of voice to convey the information. When the internet became a social tool of communication, raised the need for users to communicate in the most effective way.

The Wellcome Collection in London is offering a free event on this Friday 5th, called “Feeling Emotional”, about human emotions. One of the activities will be to create an Emoji for you to “Be your own emoji”. This is a clear example of how these expressive ideograms are extremely linked with the way we want to communicate our feelings.

I also would recommend a fun video about the history of the Emojis: entirely told IN EMOJIS!

Nowadays, I would not be able to delivery messages on my social media, such as WhatsApp, without using Emojis (considered as the evolution of emoticons) which represent my feelings. Do you also find them useful?

Cecília Parreira

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4 Comments

  1. I think that emoji’s are an extremely interesting and innovative part of internet history. I feel that emoji’s given online conversation and interaction a much more human-like tone, and makes you much more able to distinguish how someone feels when communicating to them through text based conversation.

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  2. I completely agree with this! It took me a long time to come around to the idea of using emoticons and Emoji’s but as you say, it’s hard to imagine not using them now. How a virtual little face can change the whole mood of a conversion online is crazy but all it is, is a small visual representation of how we mean to say something… Especially sarcastic comments of jokes which may be taken a whole other way and land us in trouble!

    The use of emoticons shows us how the world has developed in communication but it makes you wonder, should we be worried about the fact that we need to use emoticons to correctly portray what are words mean? Surely our words should be enough?

    Jaye

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  3. To respond to your question: Yes, I think emoticons are more than useful. They represent a basic component of my online conversations. Besides allowing me to express my mood without or beyond words, they add colour and flavour to an otherwise monotonous instant messaging. What is particularly interesting about them is the way they differ from Western to Eastern culture. In the West, emoticons convey a feeling putting the emphasis on the eyes, while in the East the mouth is the centre of attention. It is worth checking this link to understand the differences between these two types of emoticons and learn new facts about the Eastern version.

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  4. The digital world would feel so cold without them!! Now that I use them in every single conversation I have, I cannot remember the time when I didn’t use them because it doesn’t make sense not to use them now.In what other way to show someone exactly what you mean if not by using Emojis? I absolutely agree with everybody here and I strongly believe that Emojis are one of the best perks that Internet has provided us with!

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