Join the news democracyWhere your votes decide the Top 100
We're over emoji, guys.
Laughing face with tears of joy is in the dictionary.
Even your grandparents use emoji in their text messages now.
Like all good fads, though, old-school Japanese 'kaomoji' - created by using existing punctuation and extra-textual characters - are coming back into fashion.
You've probably seen this one before:
And this one.
But they're pretty good for conveying a lot of things, like excitement:
(ง ͡ʘ ͜ʖ ͡ʘ)ง
Do you like bears? There are loads of bears.
It turns out that your iPhone actually comes with a kaomoji starter kit of more than 100 emoticons.
To unlock it, all you need to do is go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard > Japanese > Kana.
When you're writing your next message, tap the globe icon in the bottom left hand corner to switch keyboards to Kana, and look for the emoticon face ^_^:
Et voila! There are your ready-to-use kaomoji.
Those nice people over at Mashable have even made a how-to video in case that wasn't clear:
Now, go forth and explore a whole new world of visual communication! (∩˃o˂∩)♡
More: Here's how to make it even harder for governments to hack your mobile phone
More: Skier Nicolas Vuignier swings iPhone around his head, creates absolutely breathtaking video