Rachel Sanoff
August 09, 2016 1:56 pm

There is no denying that emojis have made a profound impact on modern communication. The once innovative but now quaint sideways smiles and winky faces of our youth are nothing in comparison to the little cartoon beings on all of our smartphones today.

The eggplant is a universal symbol for a ~certain body part~

“Heart eyes emoji” is commonly used to replace adjectives IRL.

And everyday it seems a new celeb is launching their own personal line of emojis.

But let’s actually take a linguistic look at this language development. Symbols have become a commonly accepted and understood part of our daily communication methods — that’s pretty fascinating.

APlus shared a video by AsapTHOUGHT that examines “The Science of Emojis.”

Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, who host the channel, provide a lot of important insight into the linguistic impact of emojis — which have actually been around in their infant form since the 1980s.

Some very interesting remarks from the video, which you should definitely watch in its entirety:


“While some language sticklers might mock the use of them… actually writing without emoticons results in continual miscommunication. A study examining emails found that we think we communicate better than we do — but without the use of gesture, emphasis, or tone, sarcastic and funny things are often miscommunicated.”


“Our brains really see emojis as emotions. In an fMRI study where a participant had to read a sentence, and at the end of that sentence there was an emoji, the part of the brain used to recognize facial expressions and nonverbal cues would light up/


“Emojis are also changing the scope of our language. A computer scientist at the University of Bath has found that people now use emojis as a nonverbal way of ending a conversation.”

Take that, cranky folks who think ~millennials~ are ~destroying~ language. We are simply helping it evolve, as has every generation before us. 😉