We all use emoji’s, less or more.
If you have any doubt regarding this fact, the ‘word’ of the year in the Oxford Dictionary was the emoji laughing in tears.
Experts in linguistics compare the emoji sites with the Egyptian hieroglyphs, because, ultimately, we are dealing with a new language, which replaces the written word.
Yet nobody can deny that emoji does not help us to communicate better, quite the contrary.
To confirm this, a team of scientists from the University of Minnesota interviewed 304 people asking them about the meanings we assign to the most popular emoji.
In 25% of cases, participants could not even agree upon the transmitted emotion.
Things are more confusing because the same Emoji can vary considerably depending on the platform and phone type.
In the questionnaire, participants were asked to rank emoji sites on a scale from -5 to 5, depending on the emotion that seems to transmit.
Overall, it was a difference of 1.88 points, even when participants viewed the same emoji, on the same platform.
Maybe that research does not bring anything revolutionary, but it is scientific confirmation that these modern forms of communication are not as effective as we would like to believe.
The words are very easy to interpret when written, and when we substitute them with emoji’s, we open ourselves to more confusion.
However, before you delete emoji’s, you should know that this study has taken into account only the first 25% frequency of use. Using hearts and emoji sites with animal faces, for example, it will not be interpreted wrong.