Emojis Could Be Better for Communication or Just Mean That We Are Evolving Backwards

Emojis have many similarities to early Egyptian hieroglyphics. Could we be returning to this primitive form of communication?
Loukia Papadopoulos

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Emojis today have become so common that it is hard to imagine a time when they did not exist. But in reality, emojis are a relatively new invention. They were first created in 1999 by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita. Then in 2007, Apple developed its own emojis.

In 2010, Unicode decided to adopt emojis into Unicode Standard. This was followed by Apple adding its own emoji keyboard in iOS, seeing Android follow suit. Emojis then became all the rage.

Today, different emojis have a variety of meanings and are used in many ways. The truth is there is no agreed-upon meaning for each emoji which means that people are free to assign new meanings to them making them very versatile.

However, there is a debate going on in intellectual circles as to whether emojis are a more advanced or more backward form of communication. Some have even compared emojis to early Egyptian hieroglyphics. There is no denying that the two forms of communication have many similarities both in the way they look and in the way they are used.

What does this mean for humanity? Could we be evolving backwards? Could we be returning to the days where we used symbols instead of writing? 

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