Communication is really going to new heights or maybe lows.
Posted by Mrs. Cheryl Sayers, Director of Training Remote Transaction Resources, Credit Union Resources, Inc on 3/29/2017

Communication is really going to new heights or maybe lows.  It depends on who you are and your communication tools related to “Social Media”.  I sent a “txt” message to one of my nieces spelling most of the words fully.  I was just asking her how she was doing if she had completed her science project for competition.  She sent a VERY simple reply, it was a string of “emoji’s”.  Not a single word spelled out only these symbols or “emoji’s” as they are called.  It sparked a curious thought as to where this all came from and for that a nervous where is our style of communication evolving or digressing to?

Did you know the word emoji the original meaning is pictograph or picture character.  It comes from Japanese e (?, "picture") + moji (??, "character").  I couldn’t help but Google it.

Shigetaka Kurita designed the first emoji’s.  I found the following article in The Guardian, Thursday, October 27th, 2016 about Shigetaka Kurita.  Chinese characters and street signs were his inspiration for the emojis.  The point of these symbols was to convey emotions and thoughts without the symbols polarizing the people seeing them.  The emoji centers on an idea not an emotion of the person sending a message.  As seen below Kurita come up with an original 176 images that eventually became the foundation for emoji everywhere!  Kurita debut of the emojis was February 1999 and was related to the world’s first mobile Internet system NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode.  Below are the original foundation of emojis.  

The original set of 176 emojis, acquired by MoMA. Photograph: Shigetaka Kurita/AP

As have found when communicating using txt, Messenger, Facebook, Whatsapp, and other social media an emojis is key.  A whole sentence however long or brief can be completed using just these emojis.  It is cryptic in nature but, still gets a person’s point across.  It amazes me that a simple discussion with someone can be reduced to only symbols.  These symbols are nothing like the hieroglyphics of our ancestors.  They can get very specific!  There is no conversation spoken and no emotions shown or expressed other than that of a picture.  Which you hope explains clearly what you are trying to say or relay to someone without offending them or giving them the wrong impression.

What is the difference between an emoji and an Emoticon?  Cydney Grannan Demystified/Technology 6-2016   An emoticon is what we used to utilize when trying to type an emotion on our key pad using letters, numbers, and punctuations :) a smile or a frown :-)  Because our key pad has limitations the symbols were always sideways.  The emojis is as stated above are pictures of faces, symbols, and objects allowing us to be more specific in our communications and emotions being conveyed to others! 

Kathleen Chaykowski wrote an article in Forbes February 14th, 2016 pertaining to Facebook no longer just having the “Like” button.  Facebook users had been hounding the company to expand the options when making a simple comment about a topic.  The icon options expanded to not just Like but, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry.  We can now make a more clear expressions to what we had read or view and do so quickly with a simple image! 

So, with our heads in our computers, cell phones, iPads and so on….  Where will our communications skills evolve or as stated in the beginning of this article digress to?  It can be difficult enough these days trying to have an actual spoken conversation with friends, family, and coworkers.

Have a great day everyone! :)  J    

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