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?
No, the impact of emojis is exaggerated.Show moreShow less
The growth in emoji use is part of the much more transformative digital revolution. Emojis are impactful insofar as they enhance (or diminish) existing forms of communication. However, they have no revolutionary impact in and of themselves.
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 the premises
[Rejecting P1] Due to their ambiguous nature, there is no proof that emojis add meaning to written communication.