Back when emoticons were first introduced into the Internet lexicon, many years before personal computers were everywhere and the Internet was something most people knew existed without a second thought, the idea was to help determine between a joke and something more serious.
Today, emoticons and emojis are everywhere. However, many professional writers and businesses throughout the years have been warned not to include emoticons or emojis in their work. The idea initially was that these were less professional and could give the wrong impression to prospective consumers, employers, partners, and others. [Read more…]