I am not referring to the elbow push to your benchmate to ask him to give you more space in class.
Infact, this shift is the key way of emoting these days. A yahoo messenger and a keyboard later, a wide toothed, donkey like grin becomes mentally mapped as :D and any sarcastic comment seems incomplete without a :P tail at the end.
But somehow, it makes long distance conversation more colourful. The way a >:D< feels like a cosy blanket and a =)) makes you crack up with laughter at something that happened thousands of miles away.
However, I take this opportunity to say that, if I have offended anybody in my lack of manners during online conversations, I am truly sorry...
No, I am truly sorry :P