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˂∩)♡