What Does the Emoticon Say?
Most emoticons take form in basic text, like the smiley face : ) It’s simple and says that you’re happy. The sad face says you’re sad, etc. Without emoticons it might actually be nearly impossible to tell what someone is feeling when you’re messaging them. Your basic emotions translate into these symbols. A short list of the most used ones would be:
🙂 for a smile, 😀 for a really big smile, 🙁 is sad, >:( is angry. There are a ton more, but these basic emoticons will get you through a whole conversation.
When to Use What
When you’re really liking what she’s saying, use the really big, cheesy smile. She’ll feel a real life reaction of being funny or happy as well. Try to avoid casual use of an angry emoticon. People have found that it actually has a really strong mental reaction to whoever sees it. Guilt, sadness, the whole package can be easily bought when your flirtatious partner suddenly sends you an angry face. It’s essentially saying that you did something so wrong that in real life she’d be pissed at you. Once you’ve grasped that emotion you’ll realize why you shouldn’t send it to her unless she really screws up.
People have gone emoti-crazy. There are emoticons for almost anything and most sites that have chat functions will have a whole list of animated or ornamental emoticons. These can range from dancing bananas to squished ghosts scaring a cherry. Whatever they might have, avoid using them. Yes, they look funny and they might provide a moment’s entertainment but you’re here to flirt with her, not test out your server’s cons. Using these in the middle of your magic might very well derail the whole thing. You’ll come off as immature and not really into her.
Emoticons actually add a layer of communication that wasn’t around at the beginning of the internet. But think of them like little symbols of what you’re feeling in real life. Don’t throw out happy faces or faces with tongues sticking out unless that’s actually something you’d do when you’re talking to her. The sparing and accurate use of emoticons will be what sends an emotional punch through the electronic chat you’ve got going on.