The modern hieroglyph, the emoji, is feared by researchers that it will bring forth the end of communication through modern language. However, developers and supporters of the emoji, say that this is not the case and that the use of emojis simply enhances or adds up to a written message.
The emoji is an iconic picture which can stand for a variety of feelings or ideas and while it can be used alone in a text, it usually accompanies a message. People of all ages are fans of emojis and more than 80% of mobile phones users report using them on a regular basis.
The term emoji comes from Japanese and it means “picture character”. The emoji has been used by nearly 25 years, but their popularity and development has started growing exponentially since 2012, thanks to the fact that smartphones and tablets incorporated emojis into their keyboards.
The biggest emoji users are people in the age group 18-25 and 72% of them say that they can express their feelings easier thanks to emojis. However, despite their growing popularity, the emoji can rarely be used to express complex phrases. They also lack grammar structure and they cannot overcome simple obstacles like announcing a news or expressing a complex opinion supported by arguments.
The purpose of the emoji is to help the receiver identify the tone on which the text was send and thus better understand the message. As it is well known, it is quite difficult to convey tone in an online conversation, therefore the emojis are a clear indication of the spirit in which the message was sent. The emoji also help people who do not speak the same language better understand each other as they represent universal symbols.
There are still those that accuse emoji users of laziness in conversation and say that because of excessive emoji use, people will forget how to express and talk about their emotions. On the other hand, one might easily debate that there is nothing lazy about being an efficient interlocutor, who conveys his message properly with the resources available to him.
All in all, it seems that although some researchers are concerned about the growing effect that emojis have on our texting habits, the modern language is not in any danger of disappearing. It can also be said that the language has received an aid, in the form of emojis, in helping people express their messages better through text conversations.
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