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UK surveys say emojis are part of evolution

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You may think emojis are a relatively new invention, and possibly just a fad which may move on soon. But UK surveys suggest there’s much more to it.

As humans, many of us may find it difficult to communicate face to face. Recent UK surveys suggest that most teenagers prefer to communicate via a smartphone rather than face to face. Even some of the most confident people may struggle in certain situations – which may be the key to why emojis are such a big part of the modern world.

According to UK surveys, emojis are now considered to be the world’s fastest growing language, and one which is continuing to evolve. In UK surveys of Instagram over 50% of posts now include emojis, for example. But why are they so popular?

According to other UK surveys, such as one by Bangor University, 72% of young people taking part in the survey for money said that they felt more comfortable expressing themselves using emojis rather than words. Perhaps it is a ‘one size fits all’ option, where your right to feel certain emotions is backed up by the visualisation of the image on screen in a sort of shared virtual understanding. It’s quick. It’s clear. And it can be understood instantly without the need for long explanations. But is this just a modern phenomenon?

According to UK surveys and some notable historians, a language of emoji may have started back in ancient history. Hieroglyphics, certain sets of cave paintings and ancient pottery all demonstrate the use of imagery instead of words. Whether you consider it art, communication or both of these things perhaps it’s the very combination of the two which we find so compelling.

Journalist Tom Vanderbilt cited the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s writings where he noted the problem us humans have of verbal communication, and that Wittgenstein said he could convey all sorts of key expressions within a more precise pictoral way: by sketching three simple faces. They were a smiley face with eyes closed, a face with raised eyebrows and an open eyed smiley face. And there you have it – early emojis from the 1930s.

What’s more, Charles Darwin realised the importance of facial expressions and how they affect our behaviours and understanding. He noted that the reading of expressions was a pre-cursor to language and is therefore key to our survival.

So next time you become frustrated by a message which is more emoji and fewer words, try to remember that this is actually a form of progress. And look on the bright side: you’re part of the world’s fastest growing – and possibly oldest – language.


What do you think of emojis? Does evolution depend upon them? Or are they just a lazy way of getting your point across? Let us know what you think by joining the discussion on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to take our paid surveys online and enjoy surveys for cash with great rewards at Opinion Outpost UK.


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