Emoticons Are Reshaping Our Brains, We Now Process :-) As A Human Face

When we first broached the Great Smiley Debate a few weeks ago, the question was whether or not a dash-as-nose was appropriate, necessary, or a bastardization of the simple purity of two dots paired with a gentle curve. But a new, equally contentious controversy emerged in the Kinja discussion: Should the parenthesis… » 2/15/14 9:00am 2/15/14 9:00am

Should Smilies Have Noses: The Great Emoticon Debate

Recently, the dating website Zoosk conducted a study of 4,000 singles to see which online dating habits were the most conducive to finding yourself your very own sex friend. One of the most peculiar bits of info gleaned from the study, though, is that fact that profiles that used the emoticon ":-)" racked up a 13… » 1/10/14 4:40pm 1/10/14 4:40pm

Replacing the Faces of Iconic Celebrities with Emoticons Is Stupid Fun

Emoticons are inherently silly. They're text based facial expressions that don't always make sense. Anytime a $ or # gets inserted to an emoticon, no one has any idea what the hell is going on anymore. But! When emoticons capture a feeling perfectly, they're beyond brilliant. A string of words can't even express life… » 9/25/13 10:19pm 9/25/13 10:19pm

Here's What Emoticons Look Like In Real Life

Okay, we don't have to pretend here. This is a safe space, right? So I can admit that I have no idea what some emoticons mean without getting ridiculed? Admit it, you guys don't know them all either! Or do you? Whatever. If you don't know what some emoticons literally translate to in real life facial expressions,… » 9/19/12 11:00pm 9/19/12 11:00pm

Horrible, Joyless Patent Trolls Are Suing Samsung and RIM Over…

I bet when you're texting with friends you like to drop a :-) or maybe a ;-). If you're really up on your game, it's possible you toss in a (^_^). And because RIM and Samsung decided to include a quick-access key for these wonderful digital creations on their smartphones, some soulless patent trolls got all >:-O about… » 3/19/12 1:40pm 3/19/12 1:40pm

Emoticon Rings Put Your Feelings on Your Fingers

Chao & Eero Jewel from Finland made these hilarious emoticon rings that show happy faces, smiling eyes and other forms of emoticons in ring form. Nothing like expressing your feelings right on your sleeve, er, finger these days, right? Though I do wish I could get a stone face or cry face ring for those darker days… » 4/23/11 7:00pm 4/23/11 7:00pm