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Emoticon culture exists as a replacement for body language and tone of voice which is not possible through the medium of electronic communication.

1. Using emoticons to express feelings, inflexion, tone of voice and context when using e-mail/SMS/MSN etc without which may lead the recipient to misconstrue the meaning of what is said or interpret a joke as a serious comment or point of view.

2. The fear of being misinterpreted when using electronic communication that compels you to use emoticons extensively.

3. In e-mail forums, the use of emoticons when making contentious statements and to minimise the backlash and pillory one might otherwise be subjected to for expressing your true opinion.
by NIDRY July 10, 2008