How to Stop Emoticon Addiction

ASCII computersAn emoticon is a terrible thing to waste.

Emoticons (aka smileys) are fun, easy and add a lightness to any email or forum posts. When you want to add emotion, feelings or mood to your typed words you can just slip in an emoticon. 🙂 They’re so simple to make, to remember and no-fuss.

Of course, some times we use a few too many. Sometimes we forget we aren’t typing a personal email and send an emoticon to the wrong person. Sometimes we send emoticons to people who just don’t like cute little text smileys. Then, there are the times we look back at the email we just sent and notice how many of those smileys are in there.

Too much of a good thing is still too much of a good thing. If you find yourself overindulging in emoticons – start cutting back.

Are you an Emoticon Use Abuser?

Not sure how many emoticons are too many? Ask the people you send your email to. Ask the people who read your posts on forums. (If you use an emoticon with every sentence you type – that’s really too much).

You find you also type a lot of other Internet shorthand, like LOL and ROFL.

Consider why you use so many smileys. Do you really need to explain or emphasize everything you write? Chances are the smileys have become a habit and you’ve forgotten how much simpler and uncluttered your text could be without them.

How to Control your Emoticon/ Smiley Addiction

Stop using smileys in emails or forums where you don’t know everyone well. Friends are more likely to enjoy the more personal styled communication.

Skip the smiley and actually write about your feelings and thoughts. Don’t leave people guessing or making assumptions. You may even find yourself connecting much better with people once you stop relying on smiley faces to tell them how you feel.

Instead of finding new and creative smileys to use, stick with just a few and use them sparingly. Standard emoticons like 🙂 😀 and 😛 should be plenty. Plus, these are standard enough for the average person to know rather than needing a special education on emoticons.

Replace the emoticons with something else. Go back to punctuation like exclamations points, question marks and dashes. But, don’t over use these either. One per sentence is enough.

Avoid emoticons and smileys when you have to write (or reply to) an email with any kind of bad news or a review of a person, product or service. You need to be professional at times like this and emoticons will not give that professional, competent impression of you.

One way to really stop yourself from over using emoticons is to remove them as a type of Internet shorthand. When you type a smiley follow it with a description in brackets. For instance 🙂 (smile face). This will slow you down and help you see just how often you really are using emoticons.

Emoticons and One Line ASCII Art


Emoticon: Description:
:-) or :) Smile
;-) or ;) Wink
:-D or :D Big smile
:-)) or :)) Very happy
:0) Big nose smiley
|-) Cool!
B-) or B) Evil grin
>:-) or >:) Another evil grin
>:-> or >:> Yet another evil grin
>;-> or >;> Evil grin with a wink
:-X or :X I'm not telling (my lips are sealed)
}:-) or }:) Develish
;} Devilish wink and smile
3;-} Devil
:-^) or :^) Tongue in cheek
:-P or :P Sticking out tongue
:-& or :& Tongue tied
:oþ or :þ Showin' tongue
:oÞ Puppy face
0:-) or 0:) Saint
:-)8 or :)8 Happy wearing a bow tie
8-) or 8) Happy with glasses
#-) I partied all night
%-) or %) Drunk
:*) Much to drink
%*} Too much to drink
:-###.. or :###.. Being sick
%-( or %( Confused
:-0 or :0 Shocked
:-o or :o Surprised
8-o or 8o Oh my God!
:-| or :| Indecision
:'-( or :'( Crying
:'-) or :') Crying of happiness
:-( or :( Sad
:-{ or :{ Sad
:'( Sad
>:-( or >:( Sadder
:-{) Smiley face with mustache
[:-) or [:) Wearing headphones
8:-) Person wearing glasses on head
8:-) Little girl
=Q or :-Q Smoking
{ :-~[] Smoking
:-$ or :$ Put your money where your mouth is.
8-@ Aaaaahhhh !
:-@ The scream
(:-) No Hair
(8-) No Hair

Persons: Description:
~(_:(l) Simpson, Homer
(_8^(|) Simpson, Homer
888888888:-) Simpson, Marge
@@@@@@@@@:-) Simpson, Marge
:~.) Crawford, Cindy
=:-) Cyberpunk
C:> or D:> MS-DOS Programmer
<|-) Chinese >8=[ ... Alien / Marsian
>8=§~ Alien / Marsian
+<= Gospel Users +O:-) I'm the Pope <]:^) A clown @<}:-{'}}} Santa Clause' By Biostar *<||:o) o o o Santa { :-~[] Smoker @:-§ Russian Folk Dancer :[~ Vampire =):-) Abraham Lincoln '8^) Dilbert <|:~, A Witch 8(:-) Mickey Mouse d:) Baseball dude <:o) Just a plain old happy face >:o) Just a plain old happy face
B*) or B{ ) Glasses and Mustache
:-{)> or :{)> Smile with a beard and mustache
=-( + or =(+ Mourning for lost one
8D or 8-D Really Happy
?8 -) or ?8 ) Confused
$ -) Stoned
$ -Q Smoking pot
:-)~ or :)~ Happy face sticking out tongue
O>) Cyclops
:-* Kiss
:**: Kiss on mouth
.-) Person who can smile even though he's lost an eye.
:------) Person with really long nose.
:p or :-p Giving a raspberry
&=) Elvis
E&= or =8> Bad hair day
=:-( or =:( Bad hair day
#*:-) or #*:) Bad hair day
¤¿¤ im just looking
:--) > gottee
==:oB or =:-B Easter Bunny with big teeth
=-1 or =1 Thinking
B-, Nerd
I-{> or I{> mustache & beard
d:) with cap
{:-) lincoln
:^" I'd like to give you a kiss
>:-@ mad as hell (you don't have any showing anger)
>:-@#*% mad as hell (you don't have any showing anger)
:-{} too much lipstick
:~( crying
:~~( Crying
~..~ frowny face
:-)) or :o)) smile with a double chin
:^J Smirk
:^D or :-D Goofy Grin
:-p #$%& Being sick
:p #$%& Being sick
:-( or : { Worried
:-P~~~~~~~~~ Raspberries
¦¬] or ¦] Satisfaction
(^_^) Japanese smiley face
|-) or |) Sleeping (aka "cool")
5:-) Elvis
@;^) Elvis
?: ) or ?: | Elvis by Nick.Brown
*(:{) My Santa By Cheri Scott
:-)= or :)= Rabbit teeth
:::) or 88) An anlien and his alien dog
:)~:-)~ Guy with one eyebrow and a goat
>:-] or >:] Devil
=O) Hello
¦O) Sweet Dreams
:8) or 8) Pig smiling
8D Surprised
}:-U or }:U Complaining
(}{}>:-( Nuclear madness
-=) or -:) Punker
: D{ Mustache
:-{)> or :{)> Smiley face with goatee
:>) Nosey/Nosie
:-)~ or : )~ My Tongue's Wagging
:+))) smiley with double chin
(o:F Rudolph
q(:^)) (*) ( *) (*)B Frosty
:-P~~~~~~~~~~ Sticking out tongue, Big time

{} {} {} {} Kisses
(_!_) symbol for an ass
(_ ! _) symbol for a bigger ass
(_I_) kiss my ass

X-Rated: Description:
//(.)(.) Arms and breasts
:) <=8 Guy with a hard on :^)---'< Guy in bed with erotic fantasy :-)---< Male with erection or feeling horney :-(--/< Male with lost erection or feeling impotent 8====> Male Genitalia
0====8 Male Genitalia
_/*/_ Pussy

Found One Line ASCII Art

ASCII ART - One Line Figures

Description:

Figure:

Angel ^i^
Heart <3 Eyes «»«» Looking at you ô¿ô Chinese ^_^ Like an Egyptian - or - Dance baby Dance! O-Z--< Simple person O-<-< Male Figure (:-o)-(O):= Boy riding skateboard O-|-<]: Female Figure (:-o)-(8)>=
Sexy Lady :-)-8<-< Sexy Lady :)B<-< I'm fat :)~< Froggie 01 :O Froggie 02 8O Kitty cat =^..^= Koala @( * O * )@ Loch Ness monster _mmmP Mouse <:3 )~~~~ Rat (to the left) <^__)~ Rat (to the right) ~(__^>
Scorpion (Anorexic) c---I-I-I-I{

Description:

Figure:

By:

Cigarette ()__________))))____)
Cup of coffee c[]
Cup of coffee [_]3
Cyber Smoke _______~~~~
Eight ball side pocket (8)------(]#########
Glasses -@-@-
Glasses ~@@~ Konrad Roeder
Pie fight ---=======[}
Rose 01 @-`-,--
Rose 02 @-}--
Rose 03 @}}>-----
Rose 04 @)}---^-----
Rose 05 @----d------
Rose 06 @->-->---
Rose 07 --------{----(@)
Rose 08 --------{---(@


ASCII Art One Liners

RIP Lorraine Carrington ASCII Artist (1943 – 2013)

The notice about Lorraine Carrington‘s death appeared on my ASCII art newsfeed. I almost didn’t look at the clip, there wasn’t an image and, often, completely irrelevant content comes up on the feed. This time I did look and I was sorry to find out the woman I have only known as lc (her ASCII artist initials) is gone.

I don’t know if she has more art in a personal collection. I have only known about her page, which is not so easy to access. I used the Wayback Machine. The ASCII art didn’t work the first time I tried it but it is now. Have a look!

Lorraine Carrington, age 69, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Albany Medical Center, following a long illness.

Lorraine was born April 8, 1943, in Bennington, Vt., the daughter of the late Henry and Alberta (Batease) Haskins.

She was a member of DAR in Cambridge. She enjoyed the rewards and challenges provided by delving into geneology. Lorraine was also proud of her Native American heritage. Her artistic side included crocheting and crafts of any kind. She was also very into ASCII art.

She worked as a legal secretary for her husband for many years.

Read the full news report.