The world has changed after smartphones were introduced. These little flat touchscreen rectangular screens have transformed the way we communicate. Before the smartphones were introduced, we used the keypad phone, or popularly known as the QWERTY. During that ear, we used interesting figures to express our emotions while SMSing, they are known as emoticons. There were universal emoticons (:), :p, etc.), which people across the world used widely.
But in the digital world change is the only constant and soon, emoticons were revolutionized into emojis. They become the new and cool way of chatting. The emojis expressed the emotions better than a written message.
The ocean of emojis
There is a whole heap of emojis to express all the emotions one wants to convey sitting miles away. Emoji allow for greater ways of expression and creativity in the ways we interact.
Emojis make the conversation light hearted and makes the conversation interesting. Instead of saying okay, use a smiling emoji to make the conversation friendly, but remember use emojis in an informal texting.
Using emojis with a person reflects a positive and healthy relationship with the person. I feel-emojis are a statement, they reflect the comfort level with the person texting. Daniel Goleman said, we mostly take emails in a negative way and feel the tone of the sender is condescending, but the sender doesn’t imply that. The email doesn’t have any emojis and hence this thought comes in the mind of the receiver.
There is a stark difference how millennial and boomers look at the same emoji. Old generation will look at a peach fruit as a peach fruit, but to an adolescent, millennial or anyone savvy about social media trends, the seemingly innocent peach connotes a lot more than a plain old fruit.
Negative side of the fun emojis
While emoji have impacted the way people communicate, they may adversely affected language and communication skills among students.
Emojis have made a million of people comfortable in expressing their emotions just by a single tap, but they are somewhere forgetting the skills of social interaction or are not even able to develop it. They acquaint the user to not be used to trying to accurately convey their feelings.
Emojis can be used to fake an emotion and both sides can reciprocate this; they can be used to ‘hide behind’ the real emotion that is genuinely being felt.
The emojis have modified the way we interact on digital platform. And now with the Covid-19 pandemic, when we all are stuck in our homes. The only way to stay in touch with friends is through chatting applications, and we are bound to use more emojis, as our time with friends is limited to the rectangles. The emojis are two decades old, and clearly they are here to stop over.