The manipulation of emoticons.
All these commonly used text faces, spread across our virtual conversations to express how we feel. Whether it is sad, happy, angry, because of course texting and instant messaging is confusing considering you can’t express tone or mood. Without them, it’s in the air as to whether someone is being playful or sarcastic or sensual. But what about when you choose to not use them? It takes an extra half second to add one at the end of every message as security, to make it easier for the other person to recognize what the you’re trying to put across. Of course, you may be the kind of person who doesn’t use them very often, and in such case you are at no fault. Although, if you do and you choose not to use them at a certain time, then why? What are you doing? I’ve done this myself too, so I’m no preacher, but for the most part I see the purpose of not adding them, especially when you usually do, is to leave the other person confused, and 9 out of 10 times it’s done on purpose. Just to make the other person question “what are they thinking?” “Why aren’t they telling me?”. It’s a whole new level of sub-conscious or conscious manipulation. Just the same as a person that tells you they are mad but won’t tell you why, just to leave you thinking for a while as to what exactly it is that you did wrong.