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I find that smileys can be a helpful substitute for the tone of voice and facial expression that is missing from the communication when writing - we do not know each other (not well anyway) and can sometimes mistake a brief reply for terseness or coldness, or flippancy for sarcasm.
I once unintentionally upset someone and would hate to do it again, so I use smilies to make my meaning clear.
It is also helpful for people whocommunicating in a language other than their first, and who may not be aware that they way they word things can appear rude - a smiley would show that was not their intention.
As for anonimity, hopefully my avatar doesn't give away too much of my identity
Quick glance at the calendar - not 1st April
jon cob wrote (see)
smiles don't help at all since even with them I doubt you could read my tone. ps if i want my tone to be understood i use words. not stupids smilies or emoticons
smiles don't help at all since even with them I doubt you could read my tone.
ps if i want my tone to be understood i use words. not stupids smilies or emoticons
-but not correct punctuation ,grammar or spelling
A smiley occasion!!
Someone seems to distinctly lack a sense of humour, never mind, best ignored
I enjoy seeing what people have chosen to use. Like others it is sometimes helpful to know roughly what part of the country people are from.
I live in Newhaven but can not find a way to change my location from Lewes.
An unemotional smiley.
Could this be Jon?
Ahem, I will update my profile too Love your pic Insomnia!- a blannk canvas!
I use smilies only because like others it helps as the written word is open to a lot of mis communication. As for avators & profile information I think it's up to the individual whether they chose to use them or not. It doesn't make any difference to me at all.