One well-recognized problem with messaging is the lack of emotional context. In face-to-face or audio/video communication, nuance is communicated via body language, syllable stress, etc. There are currently no provisions for such expression in messaging. This can lead to confusion or disconnects between participants in a messaging conversation. Some of this disconnect is ameliorated by the use of emojis or other expressive elements. However, such elements have to be deliberately inserted by a participant in their messages.

This disclosure presents techniques that detect, with user permission and consent, the emotional context of a message sender. When the context is reliably detected, a subtle background image that is reflective of the sender’s emotions is automatically added (when user permits) to the message. For ease of interaction, such permission is obtained, e.g., at initial setup of a messaging application, and is modifiable at any time. Further, message senders are provided with options to delete the background image or replace it with an image of their choice.

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