Emoji have gone wild. Emoji us has gotten out of hand. There are too many emoji. They’re like visual keyboard shortcuts. How many of the Mac’s keyboard shortcuts can you remember? Six? A dozen? That’s about it.
Yet, here we are with yet another round of dozens of new emoji– 157 to be precise– and we haven’t even mastered the first dozen or so. Those “whom the gods would destroy they first make mad” with poor communication options in handheld electronic devices for every human on earth. We do not need this many emoji.
Emoji are like a digital virus; not one that harms your iPhone or iPad or Mac, but a colorful way to miscommunicate anything and everything, a growing trend that seems without end, and there is no emoji guide on our devices so we can be exactly sure what we’re saying when we decide to talk without words.
Athough they’re easy to make fun of, emoji have quickly become a standard addition to text-based communication. They’re something I use every single day when talking to both friends and work colleagues, and in 2018, the world will be graced (or cursed) with 157 more of them.
Yeah, I use emoji, too. I don’t know why. I can type their written language equivalent faster than I can search through many dozes of emoji that do not have a name. Here they are, all of the new ones and none of the old ones.
I see some that could be favorites.
Any emoji with more love hearts is worthwhile. Disgruntled looks good. All the racial skin colors and hairstyles are a plus. You gotta love party and cold, right?
Seriously. Do we really need masked superheroes with capes? There’s enough of that on the CW. I don’t see one albino superhero emoji on the list. That’s racism, pure and simple. Bald superhero? Apparently Lex Luthor is not worthy.
And what’s with all the emoji body parts? Do you see a spleen down there?
Alright, I can see a toilet paper emoji. Magnet is nice, but I don’t know where I would use it. Ditto for compass and frisbee. I’m pretty sure that’s a mosquito. Why? Should I ever have the option to ask God a few questions, one of them will have to do with mosquitos.
What is sad about all the emoji in the images above is that those new emoji are difficult to remember and there isn’t exactly an instant on-screen guide to show you how to use which ones for which sigutaiton. If you want to know what the new emoji mean check out The List from Emojipedia. This is how we communicate in the 21st century. Is it any wonder that humankind a growing list of problems not easily solved?
However, the entertainment value is high. Imagine if President Trump tweeted only using emoji.