Why Emojis Are Important For Our Generation

Why Emojis Are Important For Our Generation

The possibly ridiculous but necessary feature of communication between millennials.
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We use them all the time. Our parents (my parents😒) make fun of us for it unless they use them as well. And why? They're just tiny pictures of yellow circles making different expressions, or a heart or a leaf or a unicorn or a piece of poo with a smiley face 😑 😂. Why do we need any of that? To express our individuality through things created for the masses? So that there can be a movie about them where Patrick Stuart voices the bow-tie wearing poo emoji? For real though, he is, I'M SO HYPE!💩. But no. It is simple; we need them because our generations way of communicating has gotten to a point where a majority of it is done through texting, there is no face to face when it comes to this kind of contact, we need that little picture to let the other person know what we're feeling in an effort to avoid catastrophic miscommunication; the which I have suffered first hand🙈.

If you're like me, you have a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor where you always know when someone is joking but when you joke back, which is always, they don't realize you are and think that you didn't realize they were joking. It's a heavy cross to bear 😜. See I put that in to make it clear that I was in fact joking about that being such a huge burden. Also if you're like me you're a terrible texter. I did not realize for the longest time how much I needed emojis in my life. It wasn't until I began realizing that the responses to my sarcasm were serious and apologetic that I understood. I cringe when looking back on old texts I sent realizing that texts I sent that didn't have an emoji to indicate that I wasn't being serious came across as just bitchy remarks. No wonder people think I can't take a joke, without An emoji, my sarcastic joke is just an abrasive shut-down. They are as necessary as an "lol" a "jk" a "haha" an exclamation point, etc. most of which I have also failed to employ in my texting😁. In the world of texting, emojis equal tone. In the real world, often times what matters most is not what you say but how you say it. Depending on tone, a simple word like “thanks” or "sorry" can take on vastly different meanings. Without an emoji, a simple word like this can be misconstrued. This is often what leads to people dissecting a texts meaning, or worrying that something is wrong when a text appears snippy. For example, a friend of mine tried to make a joke saying that they would spend all of their time visiting me playing with my cats rather than me 😝, and I naturally responded with, “go ahead, I don’t need you, my cats will hate you anyway.” ‘cause for real, I’m just as fun as my cats 😼 😎. But I gave no indication that I was joking so I just sounded mad and my friend apologized stating that she was only kidding. And that’s not nearly the worst instance. I’m pretty sure my poor, abrasive, emoji-less texting has at times put a damper on connections with people in my life 😕. But I’m learning now 😅.

If you are not a fan of emojis then don’t use them. The emoji world needs to be improved and expanded on so many levels anyway but anyway; when you text, you know what you mean, and others will just have to deal with it. All I am saying, is that using them will save you explaining what you mean. Also you can totally have a full conversation using only emojis and up your flirting game💯. A picture is worth a thousand words friends; so to is an emoji.

Plus, isn’t it great when someone sends you “🍆” (we all know what it means), and you can just be like “😷.” So many different meanings now 😂.

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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This Phone Kidnapping Scam Could Cost You Thousands And My Situation Should Be A Warning

This article is to tell you my story and provide tips on how to understand what is a scam/how to prevent them.

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A few weeks ago, my family was caught in the middle of a kidnapping phone scandal that costs us a couple hundred dollars. Many times you hear these stories on the news and think it couldn't happen to you or your loved ones. Then, when it happens, you haven't taken any cautionary measures. This article is to tell you my story and provide tips on how to understand what is a scam/how to prevent them.

This scam took place between my sister and father at first. All the scammers needed was the two phone numbers and some computer software to trick us. They began by calling both my sister and father at the same time. The call to my sister's phone looked like it was coming from my father because they use software that made the call come from my father's phone number. Caller ID showed my father's name and made it seem like they had his phone. The same concept happened to my father with my sister's number.

After they get you to pick up, they told both my father and sister they had kidnapped the other. They told my father they kidnapped her off the streets. They told my sister that my father had a debt to pay and they're holding him hostage until they get the amount. At this point, both my sister and dad think the other is being held hostage (when neither was). They tell you not to hang up the phone or they will hurt the loved one.

They then ask for money in the form of VISA gift cards or such. They will tell you to buy/max out multiple cards to the highest it will allow (usually $500) and then tell you to read the numbers of the card to them. This makes them untraceable. The number varies between each scammer so that might now always indicate a scam.

The reason you don't immediately hang up is that they are smarter than just telling you they have someone you love. For example, they used personal information they made my sister tell them against my father (and vise-versa). They make you say your location (ex. my sister's college) and what is around you to make it believable.

Also, people tend to begin these times and they will use all of the info you share against the other person they called to make it seem real. On top of the info, they record parts of the conversation when someone is talking and play it back for the other. In our case, they told my sister to say, "Don't worry dad, I'll take care of us. We'll be okay". Then, they played this clip back for my father to make it seem like they actually had her there.

Now, most people just think it's so easy to just hang up and call bullshit but they make it very clear not to mess with their rules. They told my father not to tell anyone about this, stay on the line at all times, and do what they say. If he was to not listen, they threatened to rape and/or kill my sister. This obviously is a brutal image to even imagine, so it's not worth risking it. So, he stayed on the line.

My mother then came up to my father and figured out what was happening and the real game began. She took the phone and used her skills at lying to delay buying the cards. My sister didn't have anyone with her at college so she ended up giving them a few gift cards. She then was stranded at a Kroger just waiting. They kept her on the line to keep recording her voice for my mom. Now that my father wasn't on the phone, he called the police and began investigating. He called her roommate and asked if he had seen my sister.

The roommate hadn't seen her; however, he had her location turned on. He tracked her to Kroger and ran there (he lives in the city). The roommate and my father worked with the police and SWAT team to get my sister. Meanwhile, my mom is just acting like an idiot and asking many questions because she wanted them to think she was confused. Any lie she could think of, she was using.

When the SWAT team saw my sister, they didn't grab her immediately. They made sure nobody was with her. After confirming she was alone, they radioed that they had the victim. This caused my sister confusion because she didn't think she was the victim. She still thought they had our mom and dad. So she's yelling at SWAT to find my parents. They then bring her to the station and explain what was actually happening. After my parents got confirmation my sister was safe, they called the scammers out and they hung up immediately. All were safe and the police were now trying to track the scammers.

Overall, it took hours to get the full story from all 4 people (and what you just read was the abridged version). They then took my sister's phone and made my parents come to pick her and her phone up.

HOW TO PREVENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

- Turn on your location with at least 3 trusted people and tell your family who has it

-Make a code word in case this situation happens so you know it's real

-Never actually buy the cards they ask for

-Always have a pad and paper so you can write notes to people if they are around

-DO NOT tell them how much money you have

-Never trust the scammer, even if they tell you some true information

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