Would you say that sending Emojis to people from your phone makes you more emotional or more robot? One might say yes, as sometimes Emojis allow us to use nonverbal cues we use face-to-face. For example, the Emoji I’m sure I use the most is this guy:
I use him because he’s got a little smirk, but what if I had to write a word or two instead of using this Emoji. What word would I use? “ya?” or “haha?” I don’t really think either of those are fitting. Emoji’s can help us set the tone of what we are saying.
But, on the other side of that argument, Emojis give us the option to not express what we feel in writing. They are superficial and allow us to keep things shallow.
For example, what means more to you?
“I really miss you and love you.”
I’d say, the later of the two.
When we looked at the Media Richness Model in class, I wondered if Emojis were bringing the “Face-to-Face” medium and the “Written, Addressed Documents” medium closer together. But now I’d disagree. I think Emojis are an easy way out of having to express yourself. It really is a matter of opinion though, either Emojis are helping us prevent texting miscommunications or they are turning us into emotionally superficial authors. And with 250 new Emoji’s, it won’t be long until we find out.