Korean Students’ Gender Differences in the Use of Symbols and Emoticons Online
Abstract: With the advent of internet and web communications worldwide, the use of emoticons such as smiling face and frowning face in the body of messages is becoming prevalent. In this paper, Korean high school students’ gendered use of graphic symbols and emoticons in an online context is discussed. The findings indicate that while both the boys and girls extensively incorporated symbols and emoticons in their online discourses, the girls used more expansive repertoire of symbols and emoticons. However, the boys more readily utilized symbols and emoticons that could be understood in “global” contexts, while the girls’ use was more restricted to symbols made up of Korean alphabets.