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Emoji 

pluralemojioremojis 

: any of various small images, symbols, or icons used in text fields in electronic communication (as in text messages, e-mail, and social media) to express the emotional attitude of the writer, convey information succinctly, communicate a message playfully without using words, etc.  

 

Today is considered World Emoji Day, and because of that, I wanted to fill you in on some insightful facts behind the symbols that have taken over the world. While some may roll their eyes at the thought of emojis becoming a serious form of communication, the truth is they have transformed the way generations talk to one another through text messages and social media. 

Shocking Stats:

Although some may overlook emojis and their ability to aid in digital communication today, it’s not too surprising that they are relied upon so heavily. Images can, for the most part, cross languages and help bridge the gap where words may fall short. Humans process images up to 60,000 times faster than words, which is why platforms such as Instagram are so popular on a global scale. 

While emojis can be misused, taken out of context, and shrugged off as a generational shortcut to communicating; in the right light, they should be appreciated for the part they’ve played in helping shape our communication beyond the boundaries of language, geographical locations and digital platforms. 

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