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Culture Determines Which Emoticon You Use

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the i'm-feeling-:/ dept.

Communications 251

Ant writes "A LiveScience story discusses the cultural differences in interpreting facial expressions. The article notes that where you come from plays a large role in what part of the human face you use to determine another person's mood. That also includes communicating online with the usages of smiley faces. 'For instance, in Japan, people tend to look to the eyes for emotional cues, whereas Americans tend to look to the mouth, says researcher Masaki Yuki, a behavioral scientist at Hokkaido University in Japan ... In Japan, emoticons tend to emphasize the eyes, such as the happy face (^_^) and the sad face (;_;). "After seeing the difference between American and Japanese emoticons, it dawned on me that the faces looked exactly like typical American and Japanese smiles," he said.'"

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251 comments

No emoticons? (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102277)

So what culture am I a part of if I want to strangle someone every time they use any kind of emoticon at all?

Re:No emoticons? (5, Funny)

stsp (979375) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102283)

So what culture am I a part of if I want to strangle someone every time they use any kind of emoticon at all?
Vogon.

What culture? (1)

gringer (252588) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102287)

The slashdot culture ;)

Re:No emoticons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102289)

The one that hates baby jesus. ;_;

Re:No emoticons? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102299)

The league of grumpy old Slashdotters? <vbg>

Re:No emoticons? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102311)

I guess you're just old >:->
But what I don't understand is why do you want to strangle people who use emoticon ? O_o
I mean... it's just a way to communicate more efficiently ! :)
Oh, boy... I'm so dead :(

Re:No emoticons? (5, Interesting)

arivanov (12034) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102313)

Case A: you are the culture that still reads the text, can understand a joke, can understand sarcasm, can use and read cultural associations including ones not just in your (or nerd) popular culture, can... What is even worse, you expect that from the people around you. If that is the case - you are an endangered animal in a world of TXT-abuse. You need to be entered in the red book of endangered species, towards the end, near the black pages.
Case B: you need a break. Long one to restore your sense of humour.

According to the good slashdot tradition I am not going to RTFA, but I will pitch in my 2c anyway. The observation is correct. If you look at eastern Europeans they use the ;-) much more than English or Americans, Brits tend to use the ROFL emoticon more and so on.

Cheers ;-)

Re:No emoticons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102889)

Thus, Eastern Europeans have big noses, and Britsh people have weak legs?

Re:No emoticons? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102517)

The culture of old people.

Re:No emoticons? (2, Insightful)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102859)

"So what culture am I a part of if I want to strangle someone every time they use any kind of emoticon at all?"

Lighten up.

The one I hate (1)

Mylakovich (1101285) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102293)

Is ^^, which I eventually came to realize is supposed to be two closed eyes with no mouth. Freakin myspace kids slap it up and down their page after every sentance. What the hell?

Re:The one I hate (1)

froggero1 (848930) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102395)

i thought for the longest time ^^ was arrows pointing to the thing above it... and rightfully so, check out how confusing it can be

[ IMAGE OF SOMETHING FUNNY ]

hehe ^^

but, i'm way out of touch with the myspace generation...

Re:The one I hate (2, Funny)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102765)

They really ought to be using more than two characters, to avoid ambiguity. Like this:
OLOLOLOLLOLOL ^^^^^^^^

Re:The one I hate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19103139)

but, i'm way out of touch with the myspace generation...

The myspace generation? This crap was around when I was a kid, looking at Pokemon forums and the like. In other words, a good seven or eight years ago.

Re:The one I hate (5, Interesting)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103307)

I'm in Korea, not Japan, and they tend to use the Korean alphabet to indicate emoticons (e.g. _ for sad). I think it's fine, but the emoticon is obviously limited in scope because of the need to type in Korean. People writing to me in English still switch into their Korean input for emoticons.

In Thailand, they use "555" instead of "lol" (I know, not emoticons ... still related) because five in Thai is pronounced "Ha!" 555 = Ha ha ha!

Re:The one I hate (1)

deftcoder (1090261) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102479)

Germans use ^^ like it's going out of style... I've never seen an American, Brit, Canadian, etc. use it.

Ve haff vays of making you smile. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102797)

German smiley?
>:-=(

Re:The one I hate (1)

dosius (230542) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103223)

You've never been around my IRC channel. :P

A lot of us there use ^^ or variants on it, and a lot of us are American (not all of us though!)

-uso.

Re:The one I hate (2, Informative)

BrewedInTexas (971325) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102525)

I picked that up from Japanese playing FFXI. ^^ is just short form for (^.^)

Re:The one I hate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102949)

So what is (^.^) - the Japanese way of saying (_@_)?

Re:The one I hate (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103065)

Why don't we all just use a generic short form for everything and just type

.

If anyone asks you can always say, "I thought you knew what I meant!".

Only one response to that (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102301)

:P

D'uhhhhhhhhh (4, Informative)

Xtense (1075847) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102303)

Well, ain't it obvious? It's not like the Internet is some sort of global village or something...

Oh, wait...

Alas, if you think you saw emoticons, just google for Shift_JIS art, especially of the 2chan kind (there's some on en.wiki, but it's mostly the copy-pasted stuff). For what I know, that BBS is, and i quote, "f*****g huge". It's more than a subculture, but less than a culture of it's own. If i recall correctly, they've even written a book and have their Shift_JIS creatures roaming some japanese TV programs.

/b/tards (-1)

deftcoder (1090261) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102489)

/b/ on 4chan.org is far more fun than 2chan...

Re:/b/tards (4, Insightful)

Mikachu (972457) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102507)

Rules 1 and 2, asshat. :P

Re:/b/tards (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102809)

gtfo namefags

Re:/b/tards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102907)

doing, it, wrong etc.

Re:/b/tards (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19103173)

You are not Anonymous. So shut the hell up, you wasted orgasm.

Re:/b/tards (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19103219)

You are the fucking cancer, and this is no joke. Please GTFO and never come back.

In my culture... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102307)

Emoticons are replaced by little images that are supposed to look prettier.

But then you change the client and that new client has new images and your emoticons don't look pretty anymore.

It's like with fashion and anorexia and real people who prefer oldskool emoticons.

That's interesting. (2, Insightful)

asninn (1071320) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102309)

That's interesting, because when I use emoticons, I generally tend to use the eye-emphasising forms - ^_^, ^.^ or even ^^. In fact, I'm using the first of these considerably less often than the latter two, where the eyes are even more prominent and all other facial features are reduced to just a single dot (representing the nose, in my interpretation) or removed entirely.

It also depends on the context, though; the less personal the context is, the more I tend away from these emoticons. In very formal contexts, I wouldn't use any at all, of course, but in the area between "all emoticons are frowned upon" and "100% personal" (Slashdot would be a good example), I tend more towards things like :) and so on.

Interestingly enough, for me at least, there's also been a definite change over time; back in my BBS/FidoNet days, I used dashed forms like :-) pretty much exclusively and despised the dashless versions, but over time, I first shifted to the dashless versions, and then away from those as well and to the caret emoticons.

And I'm not even Japanese. (I'm not a US-American, either, of course, but I think that in terms of fundamental cultural issues like this, US-Americans in general are still close enough to us Europeans for the study to apply to us as well.)

Re:That's interesting. (4, Funny)

Mylakovich (1101285) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102325)

Interesting indeed! Facinating, even! What a unique and special person you are.

Re:That's interesting. (-1, Flamebait)

ricotest (807136) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102593)

Indeed. GP should be rated -1 Who Gives a Shit.

Re:That's interesting. (1)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102441)

That's interesting, because when I use emoticons, I generally tend to use the eye-emphasising forms - ^_^, ^.^ or even ^^. In fact, I'm using the first of these considerably less often than the latter two, where the eyes are even more prominent and all other facial features are reduced to just a single dot (representing the nose, in my interpretation) or removed entirely.
Heh, I'm all for emphasising the fist in smileys, thus:

(9-.-)9

The most enigmatic one (5, Funny)

wumpus188 (657540) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102335)

(.)(.)

I am a regular ./ reader and this one always puzzled me.

Re:The most enigmatic one (1)

thhamm (764787) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102375)

lower: (_|_)

Oh no, it's.... (4, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102845)

The goatse emoticon:

(=O=)

or what about

=(3OE)=

Re:The most enigmatic one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102383)

See: Intuitive Interfaces [wikipedia.org] .

Re:The most enigmatic one (0, Redundant)

Cooliocopter (1008631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102413)

(_|_)

As has this one...

Re:The most enigmatic one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102427)

Big Brother is watching you...

Re:The most enigmatic one (3, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102469)

/-{ }-\

What does this one say about culture?

Re:The most enigmatic one (1)

ENIGMAwastaken (932558) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103365)

In order to understand this Emoticon, and indeed all others, it's necessary to become aquanted with Emoticonics: http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Emoticonics [uncyclopedia.org]

Re:The most enigmatic one (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102487)

I'm also a regular ./ reader and it's obvious this represent to eyes !!! What else could this represent ?!

Re:The most enigmatic one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102495)

Boobs. Especially to a long-time ./ reader.

Re:The most enigmatic one (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102625)

WTF is 'Dotslash'?

Re:The most enigmatic one (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102827)

The current directory.

Re:The most enigmatic one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102873)

WTF is 'Dotslash'?

Well according to the blurb

dotslash.org, your home for fake latin text.
Strange place to be a regular.

Oh wait...

Re:The most enigmatic one (3, Insightful)

Panseh (1072370) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102503)

For instance, in Japan, people tend to look to the eyes for emotional cues, whereas Americans tend to look to the mouth...
Maybe Japanese actually spend time looking at the face, while Americans are looking somewhere else and catching a glimpse of the mouth by chance.

The article reasons that Japanese attempt to suppress their emotions, but that cannot be the case. Looking into a person's eyes is very intimate interaction while looking at their lips would be more akin to hiding emotion.

Re:The most enigmatic one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102669)

>The article reasons that Japanese attempt to suppress their emotions, but that cannot be the case. Looking into a person's eyes is very intimate interaction while looking at their lips would be more akin to hiding emotion.

Of course, you ignore the fact that in Japan it's actually rude to look someone in the eyes for precisely this reason.

Re:The most enigmatic one (1)

plams (744927) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102549)

Which part of your face is this?

Re:The most enigmatic one (1)

IhuntCIA (1099827) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102713)

I like the (!) one ...

Re:The most enigmatic one (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103011)

What the hell is (.)(.) supposed to mean?<br><br>
(.)(.)      (.)(.)       (.)(.)
      (.)(.)      (.)(.)

Oh wait, OK, /now/ I get it. BRB...

Re:The most enigmatic one (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103293)

What, you've never seen an owl before?

I think I know why (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102359)

Asian faces all mostly look the same so they have to really learn the minute details of eyes to tell each other apart. This isn't a problem with normal white people.

Re:I think I know why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102491)

You wanna see my japs eye winking at you???

non-human emoticons (5, Insightful)

kahei (466208) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102393)


It would be instructive to consider the Internet's small but active flounder population, whose emoticons look like this: ..)

Notice the distinctive adaptation to a 'flounder-like' way of percieving faces. Of course you may object that internet-using flounders are imaginary. As a matter of fact, that's an objection was raised even by many prominent flounders when the 'unicorn flounder' smiley was first circulated:

-..)

Re:non-human emoticons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102551)

May I be the first inquire... WTF are you talking about?! :)

Re:non-human emoticons (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102861)

May I be the first inquire... WTF are you talking about?! :)
Flounder. [wikipedia.org]

Re:non-human emoticons (1)

mopower70 (250015) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102799)

More importantly than emoticons, what the hell does it say about /. moderators that this was rated INFORMATIVE?

Re:non-human emoticons (1)

EinZweiDrei (955497) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103005)

They're big John Hodgman fans?

stuff that matters (0)

Simon Garlick (104721) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102435)

I can't believe this is "news".

gl hf no re kekeke -_-

Re:stuff that matters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102655)

You must be new here. \(^.^)/

xd (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102467)

jAJAJAJjAJjJJAjAAJAAAJAJjAjAJja xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Let :-) Reign Supreme! (5, Insightful)

eklitzke (873155) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102481)

I'm a young college-aged student, and I've definitely noticed a shift towards Japanese style emoticons like ^_^ from my peers. Even among those who use the "sideways" emoticons, certainly you would never see :-) -- the hyphen is considered superfluous, and a simple :) will do just fine.

Maybe I'm asocial, but because of this I've adopted the "retro" :-) style smilies, which seems to really bug a lot of my friends.

Re:Let :-) Reign Supreme! (1)

slart42 (694765) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102533)

I always figured that :-) and ;-) where much more common in Europe then in the states, which have always used :) and ;). But I also percieved a decline in using the hyphen in recent years.

Ahh, the americanization of our culture again :)

Re:Let :-) Reign Supreme! (1)

Architect_sasyr (938685) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103355)

Whilst I know it supports it, could we blame the shift from :-) to :) on the MSN network? At least in part. If I type :-) it prodocues the emoticon the same as :) in Microsoft's client.

Obviously the other big ones would have something to do with it, IRC certainly plays its part.

Re:Let :-) Reign Supreme! (2)

coaxial (28297) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102781)

I find myself using asian smilies with my friends from asia and western smilies with my american friends. I will say that the western smilies are quicker to type, but the asian ones are much more expressive. There really aren't any western smilies anyone can recognize beyond: :) ;) :( :| and :/
but you can express frustration and resignation much easier with the asian smilies.

^__^
-__-
T__T ;__;
-__-;;

Interestingly, asian smilies always resembled the defunct bixies [code-knacker.de] .

Re:Let :-) Reign Supreme! (1)

HappyEngineer (888000) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102909)

Am I the only one who uses text emotions? *shrug* I guess that just makes me different. *smile*

Re:Let :-) Reign Supreme! (1)

Mylakovich (1101285) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103135)

I can assure you with great certainty that you are not the only person on the internet who uses text to describe emotions or actions.

Re:Let :-) Reign Supreme! (1)

raddan (519638) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103303)

It's funny what goes for "retro" nowadays. I suppose if you can't remember a time when the Internet didn't exist... Anyhow, I noticed a long time ago that my nose wasn't - shaped, so I've used a caret for as long as I can remember using smileys :^)

Triangle eyes (3, Informative)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102497)

"...the happy face (^_^) [...] it dawned on me that the faces looked exactly like typical [..] Japanese smiles,"

I've never seen a Japanese, or a human being bend his/her eyes in a triangle shape when smiling.
Could it possibly something else?

Japanese animes also show a character who's under stress having a huge cross attached right from his forehead, or suddenly disappearing eyeballs and long black dashes coming out of the characters face. Anyone seen that on an actual real human, or it just me.

Smilies are an art, and while the way they ended up looking depend heavily on the culture of the people producing them (Japanese smilies follow closely the anime drawing style), I think saying they are strictly modeled after actual people crying and smiling is just a bunch of wishful thinking. Check some photos, an Asian guy won't smile quite a lot differently than a European guy.

Re:Triangle eyes (1)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102535)

Me too, I think (^_^) looks more like a cat.

Re:Triangle eyes (1)

dosius (230542) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103247)

I prefer =^.^= for cats.

~.^

-uso.

Re:Triangle eyes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102733)

disappearing eyeballs and long black dashes coming out of the characters face.

Actually, I thought all Asians looked that way. ^_-

Re:Triangle eyes (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102879)

I've never seen a Japanese, or a human being bend his/her eyes in a triangle shape when smiling.
Could it possibly something else?


Yes, it's the eyebrows. People often raise their eyebrows when they smile (or laugh...) and ^_^ is about as close as you can get. For example, here's Mr. Spock: ^_-

Re:Triangle eyes (2, Insightful)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103001)

Japanese animes also show a character who's under stress having a huge cross attached right from his forehead, or suddenly disappearing eyeballs and long black dashes coming out of the characters face. Anyone seen that on an actual real human, or it just me.
If you step back and take a detached look at Western (or more specifically, American-influenced) animation, you'll note that there are a number of conventions which don't really reflect reality per se. (For example, no-one ever had steam coming out of their ears when they got angry). It just happens that the Japanese ones look strange to you because you're not familiar with them.

Humorous comics in general use a number of conventions and visual language which are almost second-nature to us- but only because we're used to and have grown up with them.

Re:Triangle eyes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19103329)

If you step back and take a detached look at Western (or more specifically, American-influenced) animation, you'll note that there are a number of conventions which don't really reflect reality per se. (For example, no-one ever had steam coming out of their ears when they got angry). It just happens that the Japanese ones look strange to you because you're not familiar with them.
Yeah you will see steam coming out of people's ears, but you will see that in the same places where you see talking rabbits [wikipedia.org] and anvils falling on the head of a bipedal coyote [wikipedia.org] . The thing thats interesting about the Japanese convention of triangled eyes is you will see it used in contexts where the rest of the animation is otherwise "realistic" (for lack of a better term)

Re:Triangle eyes (1, Informative)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103031)

Why the hell was I modded informative, it's was just a pedestrian observation void of new information.

I've been using them for 20 years... (2, Interesting)

rbanzai (596355) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102501)

... can't stop now!

I first saw an emoticon when I started using Quantum Link (AOL before it became AOL.) I was in a chat room and was confused because now and then someone would end their sentence with ":D"

Eventually I had to ask and someone wrote "look at it sideways."

Using a few basic emoticons has become as natural to me as regular punctuation marks, and just like regular punctuation when it is used responsibly it clarifies and enhances communication. //misses his C64 ///with the BIG ol' 300 baud Vicmodem ///:D

Re:I've been using them for 20 years... (1)

AiToyonsNostril (1082283) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102801)

Yeah, I used to think "lol" was just some derivation of "lo". Those were much more interesting conversations.

The mouth lies (5, Insightful)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102515)

It's easy to fake a smile. It's more difficult to fake happiness or amusement shown through the eyes. Some cultures recognise this.

 

Re:The mouth lies (1)

Semptimilius (917640) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102567)

I don't think it's very hard to fake emotion shown by the eyes *or* mouth.

Re:The mouth lies (1)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103073)

Or for that matter, to notice that a smile doesn't reach the eyes.

Before and after jail (-1, Offtopic)

sa1lnr (669048) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102563)

Before: (_*_)

After: (_o_)

Re:Before and after jail (0)

prockcore (543967) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102675)

And your standard goatse: (EO3)

I MUST post this anonymously. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102565)

In the US, where you come from plays a large role in what part of the human face you use to determine another person's mood.
In Soviet Russia, the party determines you!

But.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102673)

if you are an islamist, do you try to imagine a turban or kufi on the one you are trying "cyber" with?

@:-E

Russian smileys )))) (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102683)

Finally an appropriate thread to ask this in. Could someone please explain why Russian smileys have no eyes, and typically multiple chins?

I know this sounds stupid but I'm really curious. Thanks :)

Re:Russian smileys )))) (5, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103035)

Finally an appropriate thread to ask this in. Could someone please explain why Russian smileys have no eyes, and typically multiple chins?
Because many people in Eastern Europe really look like that... the radiation from Chernobyl had a devastating effect on the populations there.

Omitted dash in Puzzle Pirates emoticons (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102691)

After reading this thread all I can say is: Ouch! And here I thought that the use of :) on Puzzle Pirates had mostly to do with the fact that the graphic art of the game omits the characters' noses (and a big deal is made of that omission by Three Rings)!

Now I just feel old.

 

Font issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102731)

I think the font that you are using plays a major role as well, for instance, in Bitstream Vera, ^_^ looks really nice, but in other ones, (though I do not have any particularly hideous ones installed on my system, nor can I name the fonts off the top of my head, must have been a Windows-font, though) it looks absolutely terrible. Sometimes a remedy would be to do something like ^_____^, YMMV. Your average :) should look okay anywhere, though.

I think that emoticons are pretty important, because without them, this post would read like a student's essay on emoticons ^_^

Important link [wikipedia.org]

Font, definitely (1, Troll)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103311)

I never use the "Japanese style" emoticons, just the regular sideways ones. From choice, I won't give my smileys noses, instead preferring the :) form. But in some fonts (notably Arial), that results in a very flat and unnatural-looking face - so I use :-) just to make it look more "right".

Bullshit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102735)

This is so obviously wrong it's not even worth refuting. Here's a hint though: what and how people write is culturally biased. Did anyone, white, yellow, brown, or otherwise use either of ":-)" or "(^_^)" even once before the invention of Usenet? I'm going to go out on a limb here and answer this one for y'all: No. So, if that's the case, d'ya think there might be a slight chance that the spread of emoticons has more to do with "monkey see, monkey do" than it does with how them Oriental type is all emotionally different and such? Or maybe the reason them Japanese use the li'l squiggly characters is they got such good eyes.

It's true, just look at Furry (1)

Arcturax (454188) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102791)

>^_^< - Wolf or Fox

>:8) - Dragon

D: - Drama

I'm a moonkin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102803)

I'm a moonkin ^^

From futaba (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#19102841)

Excuse me? Japanese smiilies tend to focus on the mouth more than the eyes. The ^_^ and similar emoticons are American used FAR more than Japanese used, since they have such a larger set of symbols they can make some much better emoticons.

If Slashdot didn't rape Japanese I would post a few.

Re:From futaba (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19103029)

Luckily they have been slow on the uptake with unicode, giving hope of a new era of Euroamerican smiley superiority.
Slashdot also rapes unicode, however, so the people are in their desperation left with only plain, boring bunnies to put in their sigs.

The sweaty face (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19102921)

Another japanese classic, --> -.-' to signal social discomfort, or the teary face T-T for when you roll 1 on epics.

The western world now has the slanted eyes (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19103049)

They do the different emoticons because it puts the face in the proper oriontation. In this way they can turn around and ask the western world "Who has the slanted eyes now?"!

 
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