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Continued: Emoticon celebrates its 25th :-)

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"What emoticons do is essentially provide a mechanism to transmit emotion when you don't have the voice," Nass said.

In some ways, he added, they also give people "the ability not to think as hard about the words they're using."

Stansifer said the emoticon was part of a natural progression in communication.

"I don't think the smiley face was the beginning and the end," he said. "All people at all times take advantage of whatever means of communication they have."

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On the Net:

Carnegie Mellon University's smiley page: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/smiley/

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