I'm late to the emoji game. Turns out I was right in the first place, as many are misconstrued (see link). Even the 😂 is confusing. Do you ever find emojis confusing in SOH posts?
I don't use them, but I'd like to know more about these aubergine farms, please.
These?? 😄😄😄😄 I'm addicted. .
Yes, there are some I just don't get but I haven't spent much time trying either. If I don't understand the point, I move on. I hope professional communications never accept them because then I would need to care.
Yes. Sometimes they can help give a hint to the tone of the comment, but there can still be confusion. I texted someone with a different device yesterday and the emoji got changed so "That really stinks 😁" became "That really stinks 😄" They were confused as to why I was so happy about their problem.
Confusing, yes, too small to read, yes, silly, yes.
Which option was yes
Emojis are dumber than hell. I'm ASCII or bust..
Several of them are (probably intentionally) ambiguous in meaning and I actually prefer it that way.
"tears of joy"? whatever.
In my circle of friends it is "laughing so hard you cry"
That seems to be how everyone I know uses it too
I did a series on this a while back. IIRC, people generally agreed on whether emojis had a positive or negative sentiment, but had wide ranging ideas about their meanings.
Which brings up an interesting point. I find a lot of acronyms confusing. I had to look up the meaning of IIRC, from your comment.
Yeah, but it adds confusion to my confusing comments. ; )
I pretty much hate emojis, except for the most simple of them. The issue of them appearing differently on different platforms is beyond absurd - totally unhelpful. But even if they all appeared the same universally, people still interpret them differently. Honestly, I can never tell what people mean by the one described as "tears of joy." It just looks like tears to me. So I see it as negative (and I'll bet I'm not alone in that), while it might have been meant as a positive thing, so I have to account for that. But how?
How does this enhance communication, and clear up issues of not being able to detect emotion, sarcasm, not seeing body language, etc.? It just makes it way worse, to me.
And then there's the issue of not being able to even see what the expressions are supposed to be, on some of the little faces, or what object a picture is supposed to depict.
I just want to scream, Use your words!
Words, while useful, cannot convey the nuances of emotion quite the same way images can.
"A picture is worth a thousand words"
Why do we watch movies instead of simply reading the script? There is some inherent value to imagery, something that we don't get from textual media. I think it has a great deal to do with empathy. It's easier to relate to someone with a face and a name. It's easier to connect. It's easier to understand.
While emojis may not work for you because they're subject to interpretation, the same is true when we try to read people's emotions in person. Part of the fun and challenge in life is finding a way to connect to the people around us, and I think emojis are just the Internet's way of translating emotion into text.
Why do we watch movies instead of simply reading the script?
A purple dildo? Man they have an emoji for everything
I can't say dilldo???
It's an eggplant
You're half eggplant
I should probably source that
It's long but one of the greatest scenes ever
GREAT movie. Now I have to see it. 😊
Occasionally, IRL too, but I ended up picking the not answer because I couldn't pass up the opportunity to respond to something with unicorn eggplant tractor.
I have to confess that I was selective in composing that option.
It hasn't seemed confusing yet. Everyone on here seems to have the same ones that are on my iPad. For other devices that change the symbol - that would be confusing.
I think the overall confusion the authors are highlighting isn't device-specific.
Ok. It's just that they showed someone sending this 😀 and ending up with this 😁
For 🕸 users: www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/12/473965971/lost-in-translation-study-finds-interpretation-of-emojis-can-vary-widely