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.
b: " : ARRRGH! it woz meant 2 B a joke. I forgot to :P at the end of the sentence :( That's emoticon culture for you :/ "
Note: This is quite different from Emoticon Rape (eg: " LOL! :D :D That was so funny :D :D :D ")
Emoticon Culture is created by fear and peer pressure. A victim of Emoticon Culture could easily descend to the level of Emoticon Whore.