Difference Between Emoticons and Emoji

What is the difference between emoji and emoticons? An emoticon is a pictogram created through the punctuation marks, numbers and special characters of the keyboard of a computer or mobile phone. Emoji is an illustrated icon, usually embedded in the keyboards of the current smartphones.

Both are considered a form of paralinguistic communication, that is, they complement the verbal language revealing actions and emotions in a simple and easily identifiable way.

  Emoticon Emoji
Definition Pictograms created through the punctuation marks, numbers and special characters of the computer or mobile. Illustrated pictograms with small figures instead of characters.
Creation Although they were used for the first time in 1952 in an advertising piece, they became widely used on the Internet from 1982. Created between 1998 and 1999 by Japanese Shigetaka Kurita as part of a mobile internet system in Japan.

Emoticon definition

The word emoticon comes from the English junction of the words emotional andicon. As can be deduced, it would be a pictogram to reveal expressions and feelings that, perhaps in the written text, would not be identifiable to the receiver.

Emoticon definition

To create an emoticon, you must join punctuation marks, numbers and/or special characters to create the desired figure.

Smiley face was one of the first emoticons created. In order to reproduce it, just insert the following punctuation in the text: :-) . The frowning/ sad face (sad face/low coat) arose along with the smiling face: :-( .

Although they were already used in 1952 in the New York Herald Tribune in an advertising piece, only in 1982 the emoticons began to be broadcast on the Internet. This is when Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University (USA) used his smiling face and sad face on a forum accessed by students.

Examples of emoticons

Emoticons Meaning
:) :-) =) Smiling
:( :-( =( Sad/Cabisbaixo
;) ;-) Wink
:D = D Big smile
;* ;-* :-* Kiss
: The = The Surprise
: ‘ ( = ‘ ( T-t Cry

Emoji definition

Emoji definition

The word emoji is the result of the Union of the words “image” and “letter” in Japanese, being also a pictogram. But it is not liable to confusion with emoticon, since both are quite different from each other.

While the emoticon uses the special characters of the keyboard to create figures and expressions, the emoji is a small image with the same meanings.

Nowadays, with the advancement of technology and the development of smartphones, most people use emoji to express themselves in messages and emails.

With the diffusion of iPhone devices, the emoji became rapidly popularized, already being considered by many as “the language of the Future”. As for this, there is much debate, but it cannot be denied that the use of emoji to express itself in messages on the Internet is practically universal.

Created between 1998 and 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita, the emoji would be destined for an exclusive mobile Internet service for Japan. On the first iPhone, released in 2007, Apple included a keyboard with emoji to attract Japanese customers.

Quickly, the role was discovered by iPhone users around the world, who started broadcasting the cards and symbols in instant Messaging and Web pages. Currently, it is virtually inconceivable not to rely on an emoji keyboard on a smartphone.

Examples of emoji

Despite all the differences, currently, the words emoticon and emoji are used almost as synonyms.

This is because both make references to pictograms that are widely disseminated and used on the Internet and considered a form of paralinguistic communication, that is, they present communication characteristics that go beyond verbal language.

However, an emoticon is created with letters, numbers, and other characters on the keyboard and feature picturesque and extremely simple visuals. An emoji is illustrated, with more dimensions of expressiveness.