Darwin published a book on the emotions in humans and animals more than a hundred years back. It basically dealt with the body language common between species and what it showed. In other words it was a basic semiotics of the face in its ten thousand guises from shame and surprise to happiness and fear. And while the signs of emotion are limited in animals, they are so complex in human beings that a whole field by the name of “Face Reading” has sprouted from the mother sciences of biology and psychology.
According to PopSci, the modern human being is a fairly complicated and at times contradictory individual. His paradoxical changes in mood belie the chemical brain states that he is liable to suffer as a result of the stressful times we are living in.
The giant social networking organization, Facebook got together with Pixar Studios to come up with a series of emoticons that were ten times more sophisticated than the previous smiley faces of the past ten years. The sometimes irritatingly clichéd and maudlin yellow ball emoticons of the decade spanning the year 2000 to 2010 and beyond were by now passé.
They had to give way to faux faces that captured far more delicate emotions like blushing and guilt. The postmodern world of today is a very creative era. None like it will repeat itself after it is gone. To do it full justice the micromanagement of online chatting requires such emoticons that are extremely exact in their portrayal of the moods and attitudes of the users on all ends.
If a person wants to show a yellow sphere with facial features he has to be careful lest it display the opposite of what he intended to portray. Some of the newly designed emoticons are a little contradictory because it can get difficult to identify exactly what they are exhibiting in their actions on the screen. With the help of Pixar this will be managed.
Yet the process is quite a feat of emotional engineering since not everyone understands each and every look and idiosyncrasy of these emoticons. It will take some tweaking of the cute and tiny globules of emotional energy that light up our online environment before the perfect ensemble of emoticons are ready for the Facebook chat rooms.