Share Emotions using Text Emoticons
What makes people great painters, great actors, or great poets?
It's definitely not an easy question, but no, I'm not trying to confuse you and say that they all use text emoticons. (─‿‿─) Even as for great writers, most only use plain text. If a poet is making a book where he wants to display some body language visually, he usually would hire a painter to paint some scenes and do an even better job than emoticons would. But think about an occasion when you're texting a message to someone. Or writing a "status" update. Hiring a visual artist is definitely not the practical thing to do mundanely.
Only read this after you have figured out the answer for yourself. Maybe, it's different from mine and I don't want to impose my view of things upon you. But the concept I see there is making others genuinely feel as you will them to. And making people emotionally understand others in new ways is an art. It shouldn't come at you as a trivial task. Great artists do it, great artists, like scientists, discover new ways and tools to do it, it's an art.
The concept is what metters. Instruments that musicians play are different. But the tune is in your mind and your hands, not inside the tool you use to play it.
Text emoticons are instruments you can use in your text to attain deeper emotional involvement from your audience. To help your friends experience your text as you intend them to. It's not a thing that poets use in books, but that's only becuase they use a different instrument in the same niche of instruments, that is better suited for their kind of melody. As for everyday texting and messaging, writing smiley faces and other emoticons is a proper way to convey emotions and destroy ambiguity.
If you'll ever become deeply interested in symbols, read my guide on how to type symbols with keyboard.