Communication in the past involved using proper words and sentence structures to get messages across.
Over time, messages sent between people evolved to incorporate shorthand and slangs to replace lengthy text. They were relatively easy to decipher and understand, especially when used properly (e.g. lol, brb etc.) as shorthand made it easier and faster for notes to be taken and translated.
These days, the written word (and shorthand) has been greatly replaced by emojis and other icons that shorten communication, and makes the whole reading and writing process messy.
Proper grammar has taken a back seat in formal and informal structures for these pesky little icons and faces that slow down the reading process.
They have become the norm for millennials, and are used to communicate on electronic platforms, and even within formal structures where they have no business being included.
The prevalent use of emojis when communicating via text forces people to rely on google to interpret their meaning before responding to messages; which hinders the free flow of information on a whole.
But let’s be honest here, these icons are annoying. They clog up your screen, make communication stilted when used under wrong circumstances, and make responding to messages in quick time difficult.
Despite their popularity, a vast majority of these emojis are being used incorrectly by people around the world, to the point that the message they were meant to convey gets misread or misinterpreted by the recipients.
For instance, the emoji without a mouth is interpreted as ‘just looking’, whereas it actually conveys silence or awkwardness. The emoji with folded hands is interpreted as ‘prayer’, whereas, it is used for salutation or gratitude.
This goes to show that the expression on the faces of these emojis does not necessarily convey their true interpretation.
Emojis may express ideas, emotions and thoughts, but they should not be used to replace actual forms of communication that is, words.
It’s exhausting to properly understand and utilize the right emojis considering their vast numbers and categories, so, it only makes sense to revert to using sentences to keep communication fluid.
Emojis and cartoon faces have no place when communicating within formal environments. They have no place being visible in official emails or correspondence.
They may be universally accepted and used to enrich messages sent between friends, but should not replace text outright. Like all popular trends, they are being misused, leading to increased miscommunication and misinterpretation from user to user.
We can’t converse properly using smileys and the like. Communication does not work that way. Unwarranted emojis are annoying. The last thing I expect when I send you a lengthy message is a page full of colorful faces, expressions and icons.
People need to realize that not everyone speaks or reads emojis.
The End (insert emoji for pissed here).