- Smiley Face
The smiley face is the most commonly used emoticon. It adds an appropriate amount of warmth to greetings, expressions of thanks and other positive communications. Add a smiley face to a conversation when you want to signal that the other person can trust you.
- Unsure Face :/
Another commonly used emoticon, the unsure face is meant to represent a half-smile, half-frown. It can be used to express disappointment or skepticism. The unsure face can also indicate to the other person that you are feeling stressed about a situation.
- Sticking Tongue Out Face
Sticking your tongue out at someone can have two meanings. You might use this emoticon when you want to playfully tease someone. However, this emoticon might be taken the wrong way if paired with a sharply sarcastic comment. Take care to use this emoticon with someone who will get the joke and who will not feel like you are ridiculing them.
- Wink Face
Proceed with caution when using a wink face. A wink signals that you have everything under control and that the other person need not worry about the situation. However, depending on the person, a wink can also be used flirtatiously. If you want to make a bold statement, by all means, use the wink face. If you are unsure, it’s best to stick to the standard smiley face.
- Sad Face
During physical interactions, a frown can mean unhappiness with oneself, a situation, or with others. However, in online communication, the sad face emoticon usually expresses a feeling of sadness about oneself. This sadness is passive and not directed toward others. Add a sad face to tell the other person that you are having a bad day.
Use emoticons to make a clear statement. Allow the person you’re communicating with to understand how you feel. These are the basics of emoticon usage. Try it today and you’ll see how drastically your interactions will change.