From your laughing-crying emoji to the aubergine (ahem), those little images have changed the way we communicate.
Despite their overwhelming amazingness on literally every front, some people are still snooty about them. “Emojis are the death of language!”, they cry, along with “take back control for Britain!” and “the Doctor is a MAN.”
Luckily, a linguist from the University of Bangor has gone as far to say that instead of being a detriment, emojis actually help our language skills.
Talking to the Times Literary Supplement, Vyvyan Evan said “‘Emojis are actually making us more effective communicators in the digital communication space because they’re filling in something that’s actually missing… the non-verbal cues that tell us how the message should be interpreted.”
He added, "People that pooh-pooh it and turn their nose up and think it’s puerile and childish don’t understand how communication works."
So next time you get given shade by an older generation for sending 18 snowflake emojis to your mum, just let them know that it’s actually aiding communication, not ruining it.
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