Interpretation of Emojis
Emojis are usually associated with yellow faces that express various emotions. Nowadays, it is almost impossible not to use an emoji in a texting conversation.
You will say that the smiley face means happiness. The crying face means sadness, etc. However, it’s not that simple, at least not for many people. Emojis have become a new and confusing language. You see a lot of it in the 140 characters of a tweet. To try and convey a message, people are using as may emojis as possible.
Have you ever misinterpreted an emoji? Well, you are not the only one. According to a study made by the University of Minnesota, there is a high risk of miscommunication in the usage of emojis. For example, the ‘face with tears of joy’ emoji is perceived positively and negatively. Even I get confused about what emojis can mean!
In addition, the emojis and its interpretation depend on the smartphone you use. For instance, the ‘grinning face with smiling eyes’ look different in Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft. Language has never been so difficult! People tend to interpret this emoji as positive in every platform except in Apple (neutral).
In case you are not sure how to interpret the emoji, you can search on emojipedia.com. If that doesn’t work, you can stick to the old fashioned emoticons 🙂
Emojis have taking over the world! There’s even an emoji movie. Might help you to understand what they all might mean, and where to use them…. or might be the most random of films you’ll see this year.
I might just leave emojis to the ‘younger generation’ (I’m 27 by the way!). Send me to a chinese class any day of the week!