Do You Use Emoticons In Emails & Chats? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you whether, in your opinion, academic research papers should be free online or not. The results, while somewhat expected, make for one of the most unanimous polls we’ve ever had on MakeUseOf, with over 90% of the voters voting for the same option.

Out of 642 votes in total, this was the breakdown: 3% said that research articles should not be free online, 4% said they’re not sure, and 93% of the voters (that’s nearly 600 people, in case you’re curious) think that yes, research articles should be free online.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

In case you’ve missed it, there’s quite an interesting discussion in the polls comments. If you’re interested in the subject, they’re all worth a read. As usual, don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Dee Wheat who won 150 reward points!

This week’s poll question is: Do You Use Emoticons In Emails & Chats?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

Emoticons are not a new thing, but I got to thinking about them this week following the addition of over a 1,000 new ones to Gmail. Emoticons had their ups and downs, but they refuse to go out of style and insist on remaining relevant even after several decades. What about you, do you use them? When answering this poll, please focus on picture emoticons, or emoji, and not on ones we ALL use from time to time such as “:)”.

So why do you like using emoticons? Why do you refrain from doing so? Do you hate emoticons with a passion? Do you find it hard to express yourself without them? Share your opinions!

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Comments (29)
  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    I use it every now and then when texting or chatting, as the mood strikes. Sometimes it’s so much better with emoji and I can avoid misunderstanding (because our feelings aren’t that obvious in written text) but it depends on who I’m talking to. All OK to friends but definitely not to teachers or any superior. I’ll limit myself to one or two emoji per message, because overusing it will cause severe confusion over the meaning of the message, and difficult to read (read: Annoying!)

  • Aska Nag

    Hi!
    Yes, every day I use Skype. In my opinion do without the smilies in the communication is totally impossible, but we should make it clear the interlocutor of our emotions. It seems to me smiles it is an essential part of communication.
    Best regards!

  • Debkumar Bhadra

    I use emoticons rarely.

  • Rama moorthy

    MUO guys , where you getting questions like these ..?although its fun, really nice and useful ..

    • Yaara Lancet

      Like I wrote in the poll itself, I thought about it after seeing all the new emoticons Gmail added recently.

      If you have ideas for good questions, we’re always open for suggestions.

    • Rama moorthy

      Ya sure ..

  • Dustin

    The HR individual at my company uses the :) in every single communication, email or typed, that they send out. About every other line ends with a :). Even when they really aren’t necessary. :) It actually looks really unprofessional in my opinion. :)

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