Do Emoticons Have Value?

I don’t like emoticons. I understand why people use them, but I don’t like them.  And right now, they have little value.  Writing “sorry your boyfriend dumped you” and then putting a sad face next to it doesn’t add much.

However, the future descendants of emoticons have the potential to change the way we communicate in writing.  Imagine if instead of the limited set of vague emoticons we have now, we had thousands of them.  And imagine if they were personalized so that you essentially had an image library containing hundreds of your own facial expressions. A person would effectively be able to see your face as you communicated via writing.   Assuming we eventually figure out a way to seamlessly add “expression images” without slowing down the writing process, these future emoticons could transform written communication (that is, if written communication is still necessary.)


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