London: In this day in age we are constantly getting the latest model and updates for our phone, but is it destroying the language? Now it’s official. We are evolving backwards. Emoji, the visual system of communication that is incredibly popular online, is Britain’s fastest-growing language according to Professor Vyv Evans, a linguist at Bangor University.
Emojis are little pictures or symbol that expresses people’s emotions and they are constantly getting updated on our smartphones with constant additions. There are over 700 emojis on iphones, are there too many or is there still more to be added?
In my opinion I think that these emojis are making us all lazy, for example instead of replying to someones message with ‘yes please, sounds good’ its replaced with a single thumbs up, which may be taken sarcastically or rude or maybe not even as the intended meaning. This leads to all kinds of confusion. Which leads me to my next point, emojis are vague, and in some situations may be taken in the wrong way.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to take the time to write what you mean, rather than clear up any unnecessary confusion or offence after? On the other hand for people who are quiet and shy it gives them an opportunity to show what they are feeling without specifically saying it. You don’t necessarily need confidence to show feelings/emotions through a picture. Research shows that 50% of people would rather tell their crush their feelings through emojis. People are now avoiding situations in which develop communication skills,yet instead we are using an animated picture to do this,makes no sense.
Emojis are making us less sociable and they are destroying the language we use. Emoji use can also make some people come across as more confident. People are always talking online now before they meet and using emojis could make you seem like a bit of a catfish… There’s nothing worse than struggling to make a conversation face to face.
Emojis are often blamed for destroying our ability to use language, but people have communicated using symbols for centuries. Are they simplifying the way we communicate, or actually adding nuance?
“When speaking face to face, we use language but, in fact, between 60 and 70 per cent of social meaning comes from non-verbal cues: timbre, pitch range, eye contact, whether you’re laughing, or your voice is breaking with emotion, that sort of thing,” says Vyv Evans, a professor of linguistics at Bangor University and author of The Emoji Code.
Peppering our social media channels with yellow faces, hearts and much more besides, emojis have been accused of dumbing down written communication. When the team behind Oxford Dictionaries named the ‘face with tears of joy’ emoji as word of the year 2015, it received a wave of criticism. Emojis’ popularity was described by one critic as “a huge step back for humanity”. By using pictures instead of words it limits people on what they actually want to say and express their true feelings.
They act like a shortcut which may give the receiver the impression that you are pushing them away or you want to end the conversation. Perhaps that is because it is easier to go downhill than uphill. After millennia of painful improvement, from illiteracy to Shakespeare and beyond, humanity is rushing to throw it all away. We’re heading back to ancient Egyptian times, next stop the stone age, with a big yellow smiley grin on our faces.
Edited By- Priyanka Dutta