The world of emojis

How many emojis you send daily? 10, 50, 100 or none? Emojis have become an integral part of human lives. With their uniqueness, it has become one universal language uniting every human being. One can make faces and send it to anyone without being judged or misunderstood. About 41.5 billion messages and 6 billion emojis are sent around the world every day on mobile messaging apps.

The first emoji (then called emoticons) were introduced in Japan in 1999 as a means of conveying message in a simple form. This year marked the beginning of visual language. In 2010, Unicode Consortium (a non-profit organisation that maintains text standards across computers) adopted emojis adding hundreds more. In total, now, there are 2,823 emojis in the Unicode Standard. The most recent emoji released is Emoji 11.0, which added 157 new emojis in June 2018.

People love emojis. They are solution to most of the texting problems. The auto-correct doesn’t interfere in between. No need of grammar lessons. They can be used irrespective of any tense. Saves time, speed and number of characters in a text. If you are frequent emoji users, congratulations! You are already one step ahead of getting popular (on social media, obviously).

Linda Kaye, senior lecturer in psychology, performed an experiment on how different regions of the brain light up when you’re looking at emojis compared to not looking at emojis. Just like in the real world, the use of hand gestures and expressions play a vital role in the way we communicate with someone, emojis become an effective option when the person is not in front of you. It helps one express emotionally.

Prof. Vyvyan Evans, language & communication expert says, “The use of an emoji clarifies how the person is feeling. It changes the meaning of how someone should interpret the text.”

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A simple change in the emoji can award you with a different reply from the person. Look at this service menu (with emojis) provided at Aloft Manhattan Downtown Hotel, NYC. Click here to check out different ways corporate world is using emojis for marketing.

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Aloft hotel’s Aloft TiGi (Text it. Get it.) emoji room service

Some of you might not like emojis. If you wish to brush up your emoji skills, check out Emojipedia. But, this is how the world is now, or maybe too keen on following the ancient Egyptian trend (Hieroglyphic writing). The technology seems to have taken 10 steps back.

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Hieroglyphs

How many could you guess and correlate with emojis? You can submit a proposal for a new emoji character to Unicode Emoji. Click here for submission.😃

2 thoughts on “The world of emojis

  1. Beautiful !!! Well written ! The profound literature survey behind this article is really appreciable.
    But how do I get popular on social media by using emojis frequently? :p

    Liked by 1 person

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