Over the last month, I’ve watched at least half a dozen late-night interviews or Daily Show/Nightly Show segments where the subject of emojis comes up. Some of them were related to the Oxford Dictionary selecting the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji as their word of the year.
Here’s the thing: I use exactly two emojis, and I use them sparingly. I use the standard smiley-face emoji the most, and occasionally the winky face if I’m flirting with a lady.
But beyond that, I’m emoji-free. I’ve never felt like I was missing out on anything. Am I?
I was particularly interested in a discussion on The Nightly Show about emojis with different skin tones. The racially diverse panel on the show really seemed to like that they could choose an emoji that matched their skin color. I’ve never thought about emojis that way, so it was an interesting discussion to watch.
Do you emoji? If so, do you consider them an important form of communication? What are your top 5 most used emojis?