Interesting Observations

Emoticons, Internet Acronyms, and other Digital Lingo

We’ve all seen them. The ubiquitous smiley face, with a colon for eyes, and the left parenthesis as a smile 🙂 It’s called an emoticon; a combination of the words emotion and icon. They are used everywhere in our virtual worlds, conveying gestures and moods that can’t normally be expressed in type. The most common …

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emoticons and communication

The Evolution of Human Communication in a Post-Digital Age: Emoticons, Internet Slang, and Texting

Do emoticons, internet slang, and texts affect the way we communicate? Even just 15 years ago, I wasn’t texting and web chatting at the rate I am today. It wasn’t that the technologies weren’t available – they were – but only a very few early adopters used them regularly. Today, however, nearly everyone I know …

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