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o: The surprising power of emoticons

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o: The surprising power of emoticons

BBC Future - Chris Baraniuk

From :) to ¯\(°_o)/¯, there are now thousands of emoticons, and as Chris Baraniuk discovers, some can even sway our behaviour. It all started with an awkward moment online. In the early 1980s, computer scientist Scott Fahlman realised his words were failing him. When communicating with others on a …

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