Name another form of ridiculously complex communication that is so loved around the world. Love it or hate it, Emoji seems destined to have long legs and a clear running path to help ruin humankind. Yes, I use emoji. Carol uses emoji. Our kids, parents, friends, and co-workers use emoji.
We need to stop using emoji because only in a few instances do those little icons actually represent what we want to say. Smile face. Frown. Anger. Rolling eyes. Those are the easy ones. Well, not as easy as bicycle or sun or frog. But why so many emoji icons which do not tell a tale?
Far too many of the hundreds now available say something different than intended. Is that bad?
Yet, Lory Gil wants us to use every more Emoji.
Originally popularized by texting phone users in Japan, emoji are representations of facial expressions, objects and other ideas that use a combination of keyboard characters. For a while, actual emoji images have been built into the iOS and the Mac to make using them more expressive, fun and interesting.
And loathe worthy.
It isn’t as if most emoji are easily understood or can find a place within a texting or email conversation. Poop I understand. Car and truck? Why?
Emoji have become a scourge on digital humanity; a pox on our inability to improve one-to-one communication.
Worse, there are no applications that combine emoji into cartoon characters.
Bitmoji is probably the most popular avatar creation emoji app around. With it, you can customize your facial features, hair, makeup, and even outfits. Some companies have even sponsored Bitmoji so you can dress your avatar in certain designer clothes or your favorite baseball team’s colors.
Are we all trying to be Gary Larson?
Just in case you were worried about which emoji make sense in a given situation, there are apps to show you, and an app to help train your emoji skills. It’s called Guess The Emoji.
You can guess what it does, right?
It uses iconic emoji symbols instead of pictures to create a pictogram for you to solve. You don’t need to know your emoji that well, but you do need to recall pop culture references.
For each correct puzzle you solve, you’ll earn coins, which you can use when you get stuck on a puzzle. You can use a lifeline to expose a letter, remove unusable letters from the list, or solve the puzzle entirely.
Instead of stupid cartoon characters which provide meanings full of doubt, why not an app to help teach users how to write email or text messages without cartoons embedded– cartoons which come with meanings of ambiguity vs. precision.
If my high school English teach saw how and what humanity has devolved into, she would roll over, dig herself out of her grave, and then dig another– only deeper.