Get into seen, and in all likelihood even used a smiley or emoticon at least one time in your internet experience. Whether its been a genuine picture, or simply a series of characters like:-), you have often seen it! - copy paste character
You could be surprised to find out how and why these "smileys" have evolved in online communication. Well, it must be noted that psychologists have realized that 90% of human communication is non-verbal (that's most likely not surprising). Plenty of communication is perceived through body gestures, tone, gestures, etc.
On the net, whether it's in the forum, blog, email, or instant messenger chat, there's no mechanism to share these "non verbal" signals. Hence, smileys! Smileys and emoticons are used to confer emotion regardless of what it really is, sarcasm, jokes, anger, sadness, bashfulness, playful, etc.
The initial noted emoticon ever noted is ":-J" addressing tongue in cheek.
Today, smiley face symbols and emoticons are becoming very popular in digital communication and have started out from simple character sequences to simple static images and nowadays 3-dimensional animated smileys. You will see support for smileys in most modern email providers (example: Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail) and all instant messenger chat applications (example: MSN messenger, AOL messenger, yahoo messenger, Skype). - copy paste character