Dinner Table Conversation: What Kind Of Message Are Emojis Sending?

December 7, 2019
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Emojis—they’re fun, right? Just try texting someone without using an emoji; it’s virtually impossible! Why? If you ask us, it’s because an emoji (like the saying about a picture) is worth a thousand words! Okay, maybe not a thousand, but emojis are a great way to express a feeling or gesture without having to write a lot of words that mean the same thing. That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise that each year more and more emojis are added to the official emoji list.

This year, 230 emojis were approved by the Unicode Consortium, an organization that’s accountable for the official emoji list. While animal emojis such as the otter, sloth, and skunk, and food emojis such as the waffle and falafel were added to the official list, many new emojis are focused on expanding the emoji library to make it more inclusive and diverse. For example, there are more skin tones in the people and face emojis, there are same gender couple emojis, and there are more emojis that depict physical disabilities. While some people believe that these emojis are a step in the right direction, others are wondering if these emojis are stereotyping what people look like.

What do you think? What kind of message are these emojis sending?

If you could create an emoji, what would it be?