I'm the sorta person that feels that too many emoticons can get annoying...
... but I'm also the sort of person who's come to depend on emoticons to ensure the person I'm talking to isn't upset with me.
Which is quite sad considering you can never see the face of the person typing out those emoticons anyway.
But it's true. When I talk to someone and they don't use a single emoticon during the entire conversation I assume they're upset about something automatically. Which is dumb, since some people rarely or never use emoticons. But I depend on those stupid little combination of squiggles and it bothers the hell outta me.
Sigh, I didn't ALWAYS be like this, of course... It all goes back to a weird weird time in my youth when I was dating a guy over the net. Now, he was all cute and nice and all kinds of sweet, always sending me hearts and happy faces and kissy faces and whatever.
Then he got upset. Whether it was something I said or something else, he always showed two signs when upset.
1. He stopped using emoticons completely.
2. He'd get really really fucking mean.
Let's call it childhood trauma. Let's call it me being insecure about my friends actually liking me. Let's call it me being stupid about silly things.
But that stuck with me. I associate people who normally use emoticons regularly suddenly stopping as being upset with me for whatever reason. This also stretches to people who use 'lol' a lot suddenly stopping. And I know I have at least one person I know who is actually like that, which only enforces the stupid idea in my head.