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    So I've carried out a rather brief social experiment over the last week or so.
    I used to use emoticons in texts rather sparsely, but I would have at least one per text. I decided to stop using them completely to see what the effect on the people I was texting would be.
    Funnily enough, almost all of them assumed I was mad at them or that I was being rude. Apparently, there's a huge difference between 'okay ' and 'okay'.
    Why is this the case? Why does a lack of emoticons lead people to assume you are annoyed at them?
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    If you kept using them too much, and then suddenly stopped it will explain why they assumed you were angry/upset.
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    In person people can use your facial expression and tone to figure out the emotion behind a word. In texts emoticons serve the same purpose.
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    People who overuse emoticons are amateurs and I do not take them seriously.
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    (Original post by thetrickyfox)
    In person people can use your facial expression and tone to figure out the emotion behind a word. In texts emoticons serve the same purpose.
    This really. If someone who usually uses emots/kisses etc and suddenly stops then I'd assume something is off.
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    Its not just texting but take TSR for instance. When I am replying to quotes and don't use emoticons, people say to me your lack of emoticons is making me nervous that are you serious or joking.
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    (Original post by Marky Mark)
    People who overuse emoticons are amateurs and I do not take them seriously.
    Yeah, that's one reason I stopped. I felt so childish using emoticons
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    I'll be there tonight :sexface:
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    (Original post by thechemistress)
    Yeah, that's one reason I stopped. I felt so childish using emoticons
    Good call tbh. You should tell your friends to get a grip if they are becoming offended at the absence of a smiley face.
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    using no emoticons is alpha
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    (Original post by thechemistress)
    'okay '
    This made me feel like replying to this thread. It's more welcoming.

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