From Text Messaging To Picture Messaging
A few years back, text messaging was one of the foremost means of communications. Sometimes for text messaging, short hands were used. This resulted in obscuring the earliest mode of relational communication, such as written words.
News reports suggested that, in some countries, students were using these text messages to write answers. Hence, the ‘text-speak’ mode became a thing of concern among the teachers, nobel laureates, and writers as it was killing English Language.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, our mobile phones used to come with pre-installed picture messages on them. This was the time, when picture messaging became a craze among the people, especially youngsters.
Disentangling pictures as a major aspect of communication has been at the foundation of written language since there was such an incredible concept as written language.From pictograms we moved to logograms, and ideograms, digital communication have evolved a lot.
Enter Emojis -
With the rapid development of online tools and apps, and at the same time, new means of communication, in order to share ideas, information with one another; emojis offered the perfect platform. We all know that a picture can speak a thousand words, and ‘emojis’ offered to do that exactly. In this digital world, it offers an easy way to communicate one’s feeling and emotions. Emoji can to some degree work as pictograms and ideograms in the meantime. The most clear example is the Eggplant emoji. On one level, it would seem that an eggplant and can be utilized to impart “eggplant.” On another level, it can be utilized to convey all ways of scurrilous intent.
According to Jeremy Burge, who is the founder of the website Emojipedia, “Emojis are a great way to add personality to a text-based conversation”. As the name suggests, it’s a reference book for all the things emoji, indexing each innovative image.
Role Of Emojis In Today’s World
In this fast paced world of business, every individual is using a digital communication platform or chat platforms to interact with one another. People being too busy in their life that even text messaging has taken a back seat and allowing emojis to rule. For today’s youngsters, who loves to send speedy text messages sometimes sending one small emoji is simpler than writing up a reaction. Everything should be conveyed quickly, and nothing is less or more expressive than a picture/ image.
It’s conceivable to contend that emoji permit us to express feelings/ emotions all the more effortlessly. That is most likely valid in discussions between individuals who don’t share a typical native language. They are firmly stuffed units of communication with implications that can for the most part jump over the dialect boundary.
If an emoji, looked exactly like you, wouldn’t that be great? If you wanted to add a cute smiling face or a frowning face or a sad face, along with your mobile/ app messages, then you were limited to a set of pre-defined characters, who looked like a small portion of the entire population. But now with the latest iOS 8.3 update, users can add a range of skin tones for showcasing the ever changing moods and looks.
Emojis – Are They The Future Of Our Communication?
It’s rather easy to dismiss an emoji. For some its rather funny, while for few it is ridiculous. If you surf the net or click on the emoji tab which appears on several social networking sites or on apps, you will land in the world of small invasive cartoon army of faces, vehicles, flags, food, and millions of symbols which can easily topple the millennia-long reign of words.
Even Apple releases its emoji keyboard, which have made online communication simpler with the picture messages. Emoji aren’t going to kill English, as it is feared, but can help in enhancing further. They are viewed as a standard to express how one feels, or what a person is doing at that point of time, or for the tone the user wants to convey. Instead of writing “hehe” in a message, most of the users just reply “:-D” or “:-)”. Even for appreciating someone for their work, one does not write “well done”, they just send “(y)” emoji.
The digital images are everywhere – from app to social media, and even in some operating systems. They have changed the way of the communication system. But, to accept the change as a positive one would be wrong.
Yet, with these new methods of communications new issues are coming up. It’s a common dissatisfaction that individuals are not able to decipher feeling through the emojis, making disarray about the significance or tone behind the thing the person is trying to say. Words alone can convey our musings, however, not so much our feelings and state of mind which is provided by the emojis.
Emojis have appealed to a wide section of the audience. This is because, it has proven it to be well-suited thing to any kind of emotional heavy lifting, as written languages during those moments often seems clumsy or problematic or awkward, especially when it is displayed on tiny screens and needs to be tapped in real time with our thumbs.
Some people believe that, in reality, emojis really shrivel our method for emotional expression. Shorthand is valuable just as much as it doesn’t wind up killing off the profundity it replaces in snippets of practicality. Obviously, language can, ought to and must advance. English Language especially is a crossbreed, but we ought to attempt to clutch the thought of extending ourselves, and the magnificence of a wide vocabulary.
For emoji haters, emojis acts as modern Lego kits which restricts them to a limited set of building blocks, and shutting down the options. As language can help to stretch out and offers an endless sea of opportunities. It’s ripe for invention, whereas emoji are defined by others, while the meanings can be interpreted and imposed in various ways.
Even though, we will find a wide variety of sad/ tragic faces there are in the emoji character set, but they battle to catch the specificity of ‘ennui’ or apathy or melancholy. Can we imagine a language which is comprised of shorthand and emotions? Well, not may be. But, perhaps, in the future, communication will become a transmission of ideas and concepts, which could somewhat resemble Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Clearly, the ways in which we communicate, both online and also in the real world will see vast changes, and the line between our virtual and physical shelves will continue to blur. The popularity of emojis in our written communication will continue to evolve and grow.