Exploring the place of emojis in the professional world.
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For the past 23 years, emojis have been filling the gaps in online communication where physical gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice would usually be, allowing us to steer clear of uncomfortable misinterpretations, and softening messages that could otherwise come off as cold. Take these as an example:
We’ve got some feedback on that article you drafted. Can you give me a call?
We’ve got some feedback on that article you drafted 😇 Can you give me a call?
I don’t know if we can publish that.
I don't know if we can publish that 🤣
See the difference?
In a way, emojis have become a second language in modern culture – the essential complement to the traditional alphabet scripts. According to Oxford Dictionaries President Caspar Grathwohl, these scripts “have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st Century communication.”1 And with the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for emojis has only grown.