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In just two decades, emoji has become ‘the fastest growing language in history’. But are there more complex implications to their popularity? With more than 92% of internet users now using emojis, and billions used every day, do the simple digital pictograms have wider implications for society, relationships and even the way we're hardwired?

Yes, emojis have transformed human relationships. Show more Show less

Emojis have changed the way that people perceive and respond to each other.
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Emojis have created new brain patterns in humans.

The human brain has now evolved to correctly identify the intended meaning of an ambiguous sentence, when an emoji is also used for emphasis.

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In 2018, researchers at the University of Illinois investigated the human response to emojis. The results showed that human brain activity had evolved to view the images as though they were real people.

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