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Smiley faces and Maturity!
« on: May 17, 2014, 02:37:37 PM »
So tell me what you all think about using lots of smiley faces. Is it immature? Annoying? Or do you find them useful and fun? I was a bit curious about what others thought, and also, if they have any unique smiley's to share. o 3o

I like using smiley faces since I think it adds emotion to text and words when chatting with someone. It helps clear any misunderstanding of the emotions behind the text.

Such as:

Wow :D = You are happily and truly surprised or amazed. ^^

Wow.. -.- = Sarcastic, could be seen as being annoyed and surprised someone would say something that odd.

Wow. = Unsure of how they feel. Happy or sarcastic?

Don't forget to show me some of your faces or text designs! Perhaps a dance? (>'-')> <('-'<) ^('-')> <('-')^

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014, 02:50:32 PM »
In a socializing post (anything outside an RP), I'll sometimes use a smiley to make sure that my emotion is being properly conveyed.  It saves me from

(  o_o)
(  o_o)⌐■-■
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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2014, 02:51:25 PM »
Heheh that was adorable Oniya. x3

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2014, 02:54:17 PM »
When used in the appropriate context (best not to use them in something like work emails) and not overused to an excessive degree I enjoy smiley faces. I don't find them inherently annoying or an indication of someone being immature.

Also, who could resist the sparkle emoticon? (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2014, 02:57:00 PM »
Ohh sparkles! I love sparkles.

I use them a bit excessively... but sometimes I just get to typing and I barely realise I've used so many faces! I just love the use of them.

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2014, 02:59:12 PM »
My two cents:

Smileys in moderation, smileys in non-professional settings = Good thing!  ;D
Smileys used too much, smileys overly relied upon to convey meaning, smileys in serious or professional settings = Bad thing, potentially annoying or immature.

Alas, I don't have any of my own to share; I usually can only recognize the most common smileys and have to get less common ones explained to me.

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2014, 02:59:32 PM »
If I'm writing it in any semblance of a professional capacity. No, I will absolutely not use emoticons. You wouldn't call your boss dude. 

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2014, 03:10:56 PM »
I got into the habit of using them more or less as punctuation in online chatter after noticing people took my jokes as jokes (as opposed to taking them seriously/getting offended) much more often when I ended the line with a non-serious face. I suppose I use them more as a diplomatic tool than actually trying to express emotion. ;p

But yeah, obviously they're not for professional contexts.

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2014, 03:12:46 PM »
I completely agree! While I love using emoticons and smiley faces, it is definitely not something for professional writings. It can show your employer that you don't take things very seriously at all.

But otherwise, like should be fun! The internet is a very un-serious place at most times after all. xD

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2014, 03:18:10 PM »
You wouldn't call your boss dude.

I have had a boss that would have been quite fine with that - of course, he also ran a D&D game after work on alternate Fridays.  I miss that job sometimes.  Not the job, but the people.

I had one teacher in college that insisted we not call him 'Doctor __________' (since he wasn't a PhD), but I could never bring myself to call him 'Bob' (as he suggested).   I compromised with 'Professor ________'

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2014, 03:30:57 PM »
I have had a boss that would have been quite fine with that - of course, he also ran a D&D game after work on alternate Fridays.  I miss that job sometimes.  Not the job, but the people.

I had one teacher in college that insisted we not call him 'Doctor __________' (since he wasn't a PhD), but I could never bring myself to call him 'Bob' (as he suggested).   I compromised with 'Professor ________'
If they don't have their PhD you don't call them doctor. I've never known a PhD who wasn't cool with Doc though.

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2014, 03:35:43 PM »
Speaking of Professors... I remember when I was in high school I would draw a smiley face on every single assignment and test (That wasn't from the state. I didn't draw on those bubble ones since you're not supposed to xD) and the teacher would always know which ones were mine without looking at the name.

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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2014, 03:58:08 PM »
Hahaha. I like using some smileys, but I am also (usually) good at expressing myself well via words. The only times I have misunderstandings are when I'm talking about something serious, and people might think I'm angry when I'm not, but it's still not a situation that emoticons can help me with!

I saw someone who used dragon smileys a lot. I loved them, but was bummed because it seem to be their gimmick, so it wouldn't have been socially acceptable to use them as well in that place.

^(o.=.o)^
^(e.=.e)^
^(x.=.x)^
etc

I also made my own dancey ones. (>^.^)> <(^o^<) (>^.^)>

I had a friend who would give me flowers: (>._.)><@
And then I would give him a hug!: v(._.)(^o^)>

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2014, 04:05:29 PM »
Those are so cute!  I like the dragon ones as well as yours. It's always nice to see various uses of what I call bubble faces since they are inside ( ) and have pointy arms with ><^v etc.

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2014, 04:06:19 PM »
I use smilies as punctuation. :D

Though not in professional email where a professional/official tone is required, I *would* use them in moderation even for work emails with people I have had established friendly rapport with.

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« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2014, 04:21:04 PM »
I just tend to use them whenever I'm in the mood, like now for example. =^_^=

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2014, 06:39:19 PM »
All in moderation! I really value smileys/faces to establish the tone of conversation, especially when chatting with people I don't know well.

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« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2014, 01:58:54 AM »
If I'm writing it in any semblance of a professional capacity. No, I will absolutely not use emoticons. You wouldn't call your boss dude.

Used to have a boss I called dude lol but he was pretty laid back about things as well.

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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2014, 08:58:37 AM »
Emoticons/smileys have an (in my opinion) important function in internet interactions: allowing us to simulate facial expressions, which are a big part of communication.

This:
You're such an asshole.

Has a totally different meaning when you add a particular smiley like this:
You're such an asshole.  :P

So emoticons are necessary, for me at least. Unless you're writing a professional e-mail. Then it's a big no-no.

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2014, 09:04:15 AM »
Although hopefully you wouldn't be using the phrase 'You are such an asshole' in a professional email to begin with.  ;D

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« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2014, 09:14:27 AM »
Of course not!!! Wouldn't want to get fired... ::)

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2014, 09:51:24 AM »
I do like my smiley faces now and then, but not in RP posts. There is a too much, though, and there is this point when it's nothing but annoying.

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2014, 09:55:07 AM »
What?   ???  I can't believe you said that!  :o  Now my feelings are hurt.   :-[  :'(  I thought everyone thought that smileys were cool.  O8)  8-)





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(Okay, that was totally and deliberately immature on my part.)

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Re: Smiley faces and Maturity!
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2014, 10:20:44 AM »
What?   ???  I can't believe you said that!  :o  Now my feelings are hurt.   :-[  :'(  I thought everyone thought that smileys were cool.  O8)  8-)





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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2014, 03:38:21 PM »
While I would say that generally, smileys have no place in professional communication, I will usually echo a customer/client who uses one first, just to match their level of good nature.  For the most part, I wouldn't use a smiley first, though, and I usually save them for good friends and text messages with said close friends.