Emoticons and emoticons add contextual nuances to texts and instant messaging . For example, if you’re trying to be sarcastic in a message, including a winking emoji lets the reader know you’re not being serious.
The information in this article applies broadly to text messaging services for all devices and platforms.
What are emoticons?
Emoticons are combinations of characters, letters, and symbols designed to convey certain emotions. Emoticons, which are «emotes» and «icons», can provide context and clarity to messages that might otherwise be interpreted in different ways.
Traditional emoji vs. graphic emoji
Initially, all emoji were text based, but many instant messaging clients, social media platforms, and SMS messaging apps today include a menu of graphical emoji called emoticons. which can be added to messages. Emojis allow users to express a wider range of emotions .
How to use emoticons
To create emoticons, find the required characters on the keyboard and enter them in the appropriate order. Some messaging apps automatically turn the emoji you type into animated emoji.
If the recipient’s device doesn’t support emoji, they’ll see blank space or a random set of characters instead.
List of western-style emoticons
Here is a list of the most commonly used emoticons and their meanings: