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emojis statistically speaking you know what they are they're these things and these things and these things do these even count as emojis surely they should show emotions to count and i don't know what emotions these are supposed to represent i mean the word emoji comes from the english words emotion and emotion and um oh emoji has nothing to do with the word emotion emojis were first developed in japan in the late 90s with emoji being made of the words a picture and moji character in short an emoji is just a pictogram and what's that well a pictogram is a graphic symbol that symbolizes something through its resemblance to that thing like how this symbol represents the concept of fire through the fact that it looks like fire we add in this red border to signify danger or risk and we get a risk of fire this is the hazard symbol for flammability a pictography is ultimately a form of writing so really we should be asking are these emojis as pictures these graphics represent various faces this is a frowning face this is a face with a modest smile rosy cheeks and soft closed eyes this is the face of a demon staring straight into your sinful soul this is a face vomiting but that's not what these represent as part of writing within the written language of texting they don't mean those faces they mean abstract notions like sadness happiness psychopathy disgust when we interpret them we don't read these as the thing they're picturing rather as a concept associated with that thing an emotion or cognitive state now most linguists would still call these pictograms because they still carry their meaning through their resemblance to a physical thing however they're not pictograms in the same way the book emoji is a pictogram book emoji shows us a book to represent a book the frowning face emoji shows us a face with a frown to represent sadness there's an extra step of cognition there which i find interesting and for the benefit of your education here are some more pictograms that fall under that broader definition of the word this here is a picture of a shield which can be extrapolated to convey the concept of protection this little pictogram shows a dial turned up to the max suggesting a very high speed a pictogram with a coin dropping into a piggy bank surely this means you can save money and i know what you're thinking looking at these pictographs i wish i could be protected on the internet with lightning fast speeds for my internet connection and save money when shopping online by finding all the best deals and so atlas vpn is the thing for you currently available at a massive discounted three-year plan atlas vpn gives you the best vpn deal on the market so you can surf the net without the risk of being tracked for a very good price and it's not just a vpn can you guess what this pictogram means that's right that's a big cross over a visual representation of some evil malware atlas vpn will block malicious links ads and trackers and will even notify you 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these the way other people do is still completely possible these emojis can simply be learned the same way chinese characters or mathematical symbols are learned this symbol here means confused because that's how everyone else uses it and that's its definition but see now its resemblance to any real world thing is completely arbitrary and has nothing to do with what's actually going on in some people's heads when they read it i would argue that these emojis are no longer being read pictographically but purely ideographically now an ideogram is a graphic symbol used to represent a concept for instance this mathematical statement is conceptual there are many many ways of reading this out loud and none is more correct than any other one plus two makes three one add two is equal to three et plus two elec thus these symbols aren't bound to a specific language or specific words within a language they don't refer to words or morphemes but purely to ideas so most if not all pictograms are ideograms but not all ideograms are pictograms and when emojis are being read without processing what they graphically resemble aren't they closer to non-pictographic ideograms symbols just representing ideas independently of what they look like class discuss regardless of course these are emojis they're probably the first things that pop into your head when you even hear the word emoji we could see these characters as serving two main functions firstly they act as emotional or social cues back in the early days of internet communication in the 80s the reduced cues theory was popularized within the field of psychology some psychologists argued that because so much human communication is done non-verbally the lack of cues from body language and facial expressions causes online communication to become impersonal and detached so emojis could be seen as an attempt to reinsert these non-verbal cues into the written language which is important because we are communicating more and more over text because of the prevalence of online discourse and our second function of emojis is reducing ambiguity this is a function that goes right back to the origin of emoticons which can be seen as the precursors to emojis on the very first b board where this guy proposed the usage of emoticons he suggested that these should be used so that people don't get confused about whether people are joking or not and emojis can be seen being used in a very similar way not adding any depth to the conversation only clarifying for the listener or listeners whether something is meant in jest or not this usage is very similar to tone indicators and you could see this as a kind of punctuation like how a question mark turns a statement into a question in writing thus showing the interrogative nature of that sentence a well-placed emoji can turn an insult into a joke but what about when emojis increase ambiguity emojis on different platforms can render differently sometimes vastly differently a miscommunication because of rendering differences is a very real problem i mean imagine if you sent this emoji and the person you're talking to receives this and even on the same platfo
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