It has come to the discussion of whether language use on social media (e.g. abbreviations or emojis) enhance or decay language use? Have you ever sent a text and had it come out the wrong way? Have you ever not been able to describe your feeling with words but rather with a picture? Emojis were created out of the frustration caused by the limitation of the ability to convey certain information through words. As they were made in Japan, the word emoji, when split up, translates to ‘e’ (picture) and ‘moji’ (character). Emojis have been around since 1982 and have already created ‘the language of emoji’ bringing us shortcuts and easier forms of communication daily. Emojis are developing fast, it was only a year ago that emoji was an optional keyboard yet due to the excessive download, Apple decided it was time to spare everyone the effort and make emojis a new feature on the iPhone keyboard. Today, Emoji is the fastest growing language in Britain (Webdesigner Depot, 2017). However this may have benefitted the majority of mobile users, many believe that emojis are decaying our language by bringing us back thousands of years.
It has been brought to discussion as to whether emojis are decaying our language or not. It is seen as bringing us backwards; back into prehistoric times where man was only able to communicate through pictures and drawings. During the ‘caveman times’ the only form of written down communication was a visual system of drawing the messages they wished to convey (Jones, 2017). After millennia of improving and developing the english language by evolving from illiteracy, to Shakespeare, to our modern day english, many are quite angered by how we are ‘throwing it all away’ and heading back into ancient Egyptian times (HuffPost, 2017). Others find it lazy to use emojis instead of words. To a certain extent, emojis are creating a shortcut for us which then results in people being lazy and just sending a picture instead of responding using words. For example, if someone asks “How’s it going?” Instead of responding with an answer explaining how everything is, using Emojis, you are able to just send an emoticon expressing the emotion you are feeling at the moment. By many, this is seen as apathetic and it is preferred to receive a text message elaborating through words, rather than just a picture.