Emoji is dragging us back to the dark ages – and all we can do is smile

How much can we really say with emojis?

And we’re back in the office, kicking off more posts on digital with this interesting article; here’s an excerpt:

So it’s official. We are evolving backwards. Emoji, the visual system of communication that is incredibly popular online, is Britain’s fastest-growing language according to Professor Vyv Evans, a linguist at Bangor University.

The comparison he uses is telling – but not in the way the prof, who appears enthusiastic about emojis, presumably intends. “As a visual language emoji has already far eclipsed hieroglyphics, its ancient Egyptian precursor which took centuries to develop,” says Evans.

Related, see this article, which says:

The basic unit of communication has become, not video calls or even voice calls, but text messages. Who saw that coming?  The return of the telegram?  Pretty much nobody.

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