To Emoji or Not To Emoji

How many times have you sent a thumbs up as a response in Whatsapp to convey your affirmation to your friend’s message? How many times have you used a sad face emoji to accentuate your feeling of sadness in your message? If your answer to these above two questions is yes, then you, my friend, are one of the many fluent speakers of the emoji language.

The language of emoji is not a spoken language. It is a language that uses emojis or smileys to better communicate and lend a personal touch to an otherwise impersonal text message. Although naysayers are of the opinion that emojis act as background communication noise, even they cannot deny the fact that in today’s day and age, emoji language is the fastest growing language in the world.

So, basically what are emojis?

Emoji is a Japanese word with the ‘e’ meaning image and ‘moji’ denoting character. Emojis are different from emoticons in the sense that emoticons are made up of punctuation. But emojis are images depicting the different moods that the sender may be experiencing at the time of sending a message. Emojis thus lend a very personal touch to text messaging, which otherwise is very impersonal in nature.

The emoji language has taken the world by storm. It is not only the younger generation but also the slightly wiser generations that have merrily accepted this new lingo. As reported by BBC, according to a survey conducted by TalkTalk Mobile, a whopping 72% of 18 to 25-year-olds said they found it easier to put their feelings across in emoji icons than in text.

In a changing world, where change is the only thing that is constant, emojis seem to be a thing that is catching up by the day and here to stay. So, people who are not yet fluent in this new lingo are highly advised to brush up on this fun language. Afterall, it is indeed a fun way of lending a personal touch to impersonal messages. 🙂 😉

Ritam Ganguly

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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