Fandango asks, “Do you believe that, in social media communications, people are going overboard in their use of emojis? Why or why not?”, giving us another provocative question to consider. I am totally different from most other people that I know and as a result, I hardly ever use emojis, but I do see them all the time. I think a better question would be, why do some bloggers not include a LIKE button on their posts, but maybe Fandango will tackle that one some other day and thus I will stick with the subject at hand. Emojis don’t tend to bother me much at all, I see them as being a short-cut in communication and many people see them as being cute. Love them or hate them, emojis are part of our world now and they are here to stay.
Some people tend to use too many emojis, but this might be because they are extroverts, overly social or just very friendly people. Before the Rosetta stone was discovered, people did not understand the Egyptian hieroglyphics alphabet, whereas the emoji is much easier to decipher, but if you do have trouble, you can always go to Emojipedia, which is an emoji reference website. I could see teens using a lot of emojis, as they are still learning how to express themselves and emojis can help them with this. I guess teens also do a lot of sexting and it might less intimidating for them to show an eggplant, instead of writing out the word penis. A taco would be understood to represent a vagina and if they want to ask someone if they are interested in having penetrative sex, they could drop a banana and a doughnut in their message.
Blame the yellow smiley face if you must for starting this craze, but if it were not for him, we would not have the Shocked Face with Exploding Head emoji which is a personal favorite of mine, or the steaming pile of poo, which always makes me smile. Many people have jumped on the emoji bandwagon and some people have gone overboard, but other than blogging here on WordPress, I tend to avoid social media, so I am probably not the best judge of this.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #54 about the overuse of emojis.