What's So Special About Emoji Anyhow?

What's So Special About Emoji Anyhow?

Emoji are special because they are specifically designed to convey emotions, ideas, and concepts in a compact and efficient way. Unlike other visual forms, such as photographs or illustrations, which can be powerful and amazing on their own, emoji are standardized symbols that have a commonly recognized meaning. 
They help to convey tone and emotion in text-based communication: One of the main challenges of communicating through written text is that it can be difficult to convey the intended tone and emotion behind a message. Emojis help to fill this gap by providing visual cues that can help to clarify the intended emotion or tone of a message.

They are so universally recognized now according to Adobe's study: The Future of Creativity: 2022 U.S. Emoji Trend Report that over 90% of users:

  • Like that emoji can communicate across language barriers
  • Like that emoji make it easier for me to express myself

And according to a study by Statista, as of 2022, the following percentages of mobile platforms, web browsers, and email clients support emoji:

  • Mobile platforms: 99%
  • Web browsers: 95%
  • Email clients: 90%

According to the World Bank, as of December 2022, the following percentages of the world's population have access to mobile phones, the internet, and email:

  • Mobile phones: 96%
  • Internet: 62%
  • Email: 48%

They are literally everywhere!

Emoji are designed to be universal, meaning that they can be understood across different cultures and languages. This is because emoji often use universal symbols and images that can be easily recognized and interpreted by people from different backgrounds. This can help to facilitate communication between people who may not share a common language or cultural background. This makes them a useful tool for breaking through some communication barriers when carrying forward certain ideas. And a great tool for connection!

And finally, emoji have become a pop culture phenomenon in their own right!  Many people have developed their own personal or cultural associations with certain emoji, as well as their own signature style when it comes to using them. This has transformed emoji into a unique and powerful form of expression.

I love emoji because they bring out personality in people. They encourage joy, spontaneity and playfulness, which is good for people. They break down barriers and invite open authentic connection when used with intention.

I believe that emoji belong to a class of universal communications and experiences that can help bring people together. And that's pretty special!


Char sig

Chief Moji Muser and EmojiIRL Creator
#emojiexpression #emojiIRL #getyourmojion

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