Humanity has long reached the point where we can’t have a daily conversation without using an emojit or two every few sentences. Ok, ok, it’s more like an emojit or two every few words.
But could aliens really blame us? Half of our conversations are online, via social media platforms or email, or via text messages, we’re expressive, emotional people, and the mad scientists of the world simply refuse to invent telepathy.
It is because of this that we get a few new emojits with every OS update – to help us express ourselves and to help people on the other side of the screen better understand us.
Some fear that emojits will end language as we know it, but most of us just enjoy having another expressive tool in our arsenal, as well as laughing at the particularly weird or useless emojits that we somehow always find a use for.
Next year is set to come with more than just a few new ones – 38 to be exact, according to the Unicode Consortium, the organization in charge of selecting the official character sets and icons that show up on our computers, smartphones and tablets.
This does not mean that they will all make it to the final round, but it does mean that they’re all real options that we could be playing around with somewhere in the middle of 2016 when Unicode 9 is released.
The Unicode Consortium gave a statement informing that the emojits they chose have to fit in one of three categories. They have to either be symbols that have an expected high frequency of use, symbols that have been requested by online communities, or symbols that simply fill in the gaps between existing emojits.
Some of next year’s proposals include foods such as bacon, avocado, croissant, potato. They should go well with already existing pizza or cookie emojits.
Others are more modern in their approach or meme based – selfie, face palm, raised back of hand.
We could also end up with emojits for clinking glasses, shrug, shark, man in tuxedo, drooling face, face with cowboy hat, nauseated face, fox face, black heart, Mother Christmas and many more.
Emojipedia informs that the word “emoji” originated in Japan and loosely translates to “picture letter”. “Each character has an official name, defined as part of the unicode standard”.
A recent study conducted by the company TalkTalk has revealed that currently 80 percent (80%) of the 2.000 surveyed UK citizens aged 18 to 65 are using emojits in their written communications on a regular basis. What’s more, 62 percent (62%) of smartphone users admitted that their use of emojis has increased in the past year.
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