Emoji use reflects the contexts and identities of their users.
Research shows that emoji use between different populations reflects social, cultural and other contextual specificities unique to each group.
Shigetaka Kurita invented emojis in 1999 to make communication easier on early mobile phones. His original purpose has sustained over the last two decades as emojis have become exponentially popular. It is misguided to refer to emojis as a language, because they enhance existing conversations, rather than act as a standalone language.
Emojis are a non-essential part of communication. Language and conversation can exist without emojis. Emojis cannot exist without other forms of language.
Over 8 billion emojis are sent daily. To describe them as 'non-essential' is therefore spurious given they are now so ingrained in the way different populations interact.
[P1] Emojis add meaning to conversation or statements [P2] Emojis require existing conversation or statements to have an impact
[Rejecting P1] Due to their ambiguous nature, there is no proof that emojis add meaning to written communication.
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