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.