Originally Posted by Dracovyrn
The difference can be an issue, especially when the other person might not comprehend what you're saying and misconstrue the entire meaning of it.
THIS has nothing to do with young vs old, written vs spoken word, emoticons or not. It has to do with clarity, how clear people can communicate. As emoticons are not words, and there is no body language on the internet, the clarity of what and how people write on messages (including this board) is all the more important. (warning: no emoticon here at end)