Emoticons And Smileys

The notable and commonly used emoticons or textual portrayals of a writer’s moods or facial expressions in the form of icons. The Western use of emoticons is quite different from Eastern usage, and Internet forums, such as 2channel, typically show expressions in their own ways. In recent times, graphic representations, both static and animated, have taken the place of traditional emoticons in the form of icons. These are commonly known as emoji although the term kaomoji is more correct.

Emoticons can generally be divided into three groups: Western or horizontal (mainly from America and Europe), Eastern or vertical (mainly from east Asia), and 2channel style (originally used on 2channel and other Japanese message boards). The most common explanation for these differences is how the different cultures use different parts of the face to express emotions, i.e. eyes often play a bigger role in the East while the whole face is used more in the West.

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In Japan, users have worked out emoticons (text-based “smiley faces”) adapted to their culture. According to The New York Times on August 12 1996, the Japanese use emoticons even more than Westerners. Because their PC keyboards handle the two-byte characters of Kanji, users can choose between single- and double-byte versions of certain characters such as underscore characters, allowing a further degree of expression.

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What is the difference between emoticons and emojis?

Emoji are little picture characters, usually displayed in color by most operating systems. a simple example of emoji is U0001f603.

Emoticons are combinations of characters that are typically used as text. the creative combination of multiple characters results in a small picture that typically resembles some human emotion, the simplest example being 🙂