Analyzing the Growing Use of Emojis in Digital Communication

Abstract

This research highlights the function of Emojis within digital communication, especially in the form of nonverbal communication.  Emojis present pictorial representations of known elements. They act as a signifier to a number of signifieds pertinent to the receiver. This study will furthermore investigate how users perceive these Emojis as signifieds and use them to create productive communication and human connection. Likewise, due to the recent onset of the Emoji language, this research will add to the newly found discourse; emojis represent a sector of emerging media that can be tracked in order to understand the larger discipline as a whole as well. Emojis are operating as a replacement to certain forms of language and represent a growing universal language in the digital sphere.

As we close our semester learning about the multiple forms and effects of digital media, Emojis stood out to me as a leading example of the topics we discussed. Digital media is changing the landscape of how we consume information and communicate with each other, so it makes sense that new ways of communication within Web 2.0 are emerging as well. That is something that drew me to studying the use of Emoji’s; they are integrated into almost every digital product we use to communicate now. They are present on laptops, iphones, android, social media applications, and much more. Emoji’s have become so commonplace that there was even a movie created with them. This phenomena proves their powerful place in our new realm of digital communication. The universal traits of the Emoji language also offer a great lens to analyze them by. People from different background and traditional languages cna still communicate through Emojis. As the world becomes more interconnected through technology, language begins to be universal as well. 

Another facet of Emojis that interested me and what I strongly focused on in my final research paper was their relation to emotions. Many of use strongly associate different feelings with the use of specific Emojis. They act as the interpersonal hand of non face-to-face communication. With technology, many times we are communicating without seeing the other person directly. We are missing out on their nonverbal cues and small nuances in their communication. Emojis offer a slight answer to these nonverbal cues, as users can now create subtle changes in their messaging that may not come across if Emoji’s were not used. Overall, my research piece acted as a foundational branch into Emoji discourse, highlighting the major functions and findings coming forth from this new universal communication. 

Posted on December 18, 2020, in Social Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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