Emojis Speak Louder Than Words


Sydney Chang

Emojis can be used for almost any emotion.

Sydney Chang, Opinions Editor

What’s the best thing to add at the end of your “lol,” “omg,” and “ily?” Emojis! Obviously.

If you’ve been living under a rock, emojis are “formed by various combinations of keyboard characters and used in electronic communications to convey the writer’s feelings or intended tone” (according to dictionary.com). Varying from food figures and actual facial expressions, emojis have garnered wide popularity among smartphone users.

Emoticons have, indeed, become so influential that recently, the news that Windows was going to release middle-finger emojis made headlines and garnered much attention.Companies have been trying to release new emoji sets to satisfy the high demands of emoji consumers. Those “kissy” faces and “I’m-laughing-so-hard-tears-are-coming-out” faces have become a necessity in the text-messaging world.

I, for sure, can attest to this. I probably use at least 20 different emoticons in my daily text messages and absolutely cannot text without the heart emoji. Because there are so many different heart emojis, they are 10 times better than the boring, old “<3” one.

Emojis allow smartphone users to express themselves through non-verbal ways. People can interpret them quite easily and play around with them. One image has the power to deliver an emotion or certain message. If Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telegraph, was alive today, he would be so astounded and probably use the emoji of a smartphone today. Our world has become so advanced.

Obviously, emojis have benefits. However, sometimes, emojis can be abused.

According to Yahoo news, a 17-year-old named Osiris Aristy updated his Facebook statuses with gun emojis pointing at a police officer emoji. The teen was arrested due to alleged Facebook threats through emojis. In this situation, since Aristy did not release a threat through words, he could have defended himself saying he did not “say” anything. But evidently, the teen implied a direct contact to damage a public authority.

This is one example out of the many negative incidents involving emojis. Now that emojis can be sent in place of certain words and feelings, people don’t necessarily have to say words. They can simply send small pictures instead. This can be beneficial or questionable.

Next time, when you want to apologize to a friend about your wrong act, just send a sad face emoji. When you want to say you’re up for a cup of tea, send a thumbs up emoji. Use recent inventions to your advantage and embrace the idea that emojis speak louder than words.