You've probably seen, and in all likelihood even used a smiley or emoticon at least one time within your internet experience. Be it been a real picture, or simply a series of characters like:-), you have often seen it! - copy paste character
You might be surprised to discover why and how these "smileys" have evolved in online communication. Well, it should be noted that psychologists have realized that 90% of human communication is non-verbal (that's probably not surprising). Lots of communication is perceived through body language, tone, gestures, etc.
On the internet, be it in a forum, blog, email, or im chat, there isn't any mechanism to mention these "non verbal" signals. Hence, smileys! Smileys and emoticons are employed to confer emotion it doesn't matter what it's, sarcasm, jokes, anger, sadness, bashfulness, playful, etc.
The first noted emoticon ever noted is ":-J" which represents tongue in cheek.
Today, smiley face symbols and emoticons have grown to be extremely popular in digital communication and have started out simple character sequences to simple static images and nowadays 3-dimensional animated smileys. You can see support for smileys in most modern email providers (example: Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail) and many types of im chat applications (example: MSN messenger, AOL messenger, yahoo messenger, Skype). - copy paste character