Words and only words are all I have to take your heart away? You bet so?
Understanding why emojis are replacing words nowadays:
So earlier there were pagers which helped people communicate via text message. Slowly our mobile phones took the stage. Few like Apple converted the text into high-end emojis (yeah, that ad that makes you understand how to emojify yourself).
The emoji (con)text:
Emojis are fastly taking over routine chat room conversations. Haptics are helping convey facial expressions via anime. (well you can’t write duh! And expect similar results as face to face communication.)
The awesomeness promised by emojis and WhatsApp gifs are receiving more fan likes than even the top ranking actresses.
On a positive note, the emojis are helping with:
- Breaking down semantic and language barriers (The linguistics are surely going tizzy).
- Super cute contexts that justify human emotions and lend a humane touch to blatant text messages.
- Save the time of the reader and the writer (Dude: where is the time for replying to fan and friend chats). Add to the mix the standard Indian touch of good morning and night messages (yeah someone should have a facepalm ready for slowing our internet space).
- These are responsible for fast response time (and hence strengthen social network).
- Emojis help you in adding personality to the texts.
- Consider Kevin Bharti (the heartthrob) led Hike messenger (The Indian messenger) which has almost each and every of Desi “Takiya Kalam” (figure of speech). If such a messenger service replaces the top social apps then O Guru! Will lead the way (Navjot Singh Sidhu rocks!)
The con: The emojis can create trouble in case of cultural context!
The text messages have already been held responsible for poor written (English) communication in the nation. A dear friend of mine attempted exam papers in a similar fashion and received sound bytes from our language teacher (whoa! We are millennials after all!)
The traditional messaging lingo is already being considered a fad. I fear the day is not far when Oxford dictionary will become Oxford dictionary and books like “Emojis for the dummies” will be touted as best sellers.
Even my idea of writing this piece was also to include the emojis but then surely it would not have survived editor’s cut (if you are reading it).
With topics like employee privacy plaguing the HR department, the question of the inclusion of emoji rich mugs is also becoming the part of the workplace environment.
This casual and superfluous communication is both humane and random (like our generation). With fickles born out of the information overload, becoming a fickle (and member of the cult group) is well justified.
A friend wishes for the day when exam papers would be attempted in such manner and the Instagram followers becoming the criteria for social conduct.
So if our forefathers gave us shorthand, we are delivering emojis!
Read how emojis can cost you your job.
The big question: Mr Dale Carnegie wrote a self-help book called “How to win friends and influence people” so will the next best seller theme be the one called as “how to Snapchat and emojify yourself”? Comment your opinion below!