If there was ever a hashtag that summed up the decline of the human race, this just might be it. Granted, I’m no millennial, old dog/new tricks and all, but really? A world wide celebration of little icons that keep people from actually exercising their language skills. Or am I just being an old fuddy-duddy stick in the mud? Pardon the archaic reference for those under 30 years old.
Are emojis enhanced communication or dumbing down language to 1984 Orwellian Newspeak? #WorldEmojiDay
— Not Liberal (@not_lib) July 17, 2017
Now don’t get me wrong, I can see where emojis could be useful to express things in a shorthand sort of way. Twitter being a prime example, where the 140 character limit calls for economy of communication. However, as with most things in life, moderation is the key. Moderation seems to be one of the least prevalent traits in humanity though.
I have seen entire sentences, even paragraphs, written in emojis with little more than a spattering of actual words to tie it all together. It may just be the fact that I’m old, but when I have tried to use emojis it takes me longer to find the emoji than it would have to type out what I wanted to say. So, it doesn’t really strike me as a time saver.
Outside of character limitation, like on Twitter, what purpose do emojis serve? If there are those who say it is a time saver, I don’t see it and to be honest I really don’t want to learn how to use them more or faster. I guess, as a writer, I may have more reverence for language than most. Society seems to be moving towards a more minimalist approach to language. Tweets in 140 characters or less, people rarely read more than the headlines anymore and base their beliefs and opinions on mere headlines and sound bites.
Yes, I may just be a cranky old man who is getting left behind as times change. Yet, I still hold on to the idea that “words have meaning” and language goes much deeper than the mere words themselves. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I wonder if that includes emojis.
Have a Happy #WorldEmojiDay and try to get some actual words in edgewise as well.