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.
Humans have used images in written communication for thousands of years, with the earliest forms of pictographs dating back to 3300-3200 BC.
Using pictures to express ideas in written communications is not a revolutionary, new idea. In fact, it dates back to the earliest languages. Emojis are therefore just the latest incarnation of this linguistic component.
Hieroglyphics is a written language, where letters are represented by images. Emoji is not a written language. The images in hieroglyphic language are therefore more akin to our alphabet(s).
[P1] Pictures have always been essential to written communication [P2] Emojis are the current manifestation of pictograms in language
[Rejecting P2] There is no connection between hieroglyphics and emojis. Hieroglyphics are legitimate characters that take the place of letters of the alphabet, which emojis are not.
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