Emojis have become our new way of expressing emotions to others. People from all ages, genders, and culture are using now using it. However, the current emoji selection that we have now seems to be not enough for its users. A recent blog post by Adobe claims that majority of the users want more inclusivity in the available emojis.
Emojis are an essential part of the modernized communication that we experience. They definitely makes conversation more fun and enjoyable. Also, it enables more contextual conversations and this makes people more connected with one another. This helped fill in the emotional gaps that we might not achieve from an online conversation.
But does it actually express the emotion or the person using it?
Global Emoji Diversity & Inclusion Report
To answer the question, Adobe has been consistently updating themselves of ways to make technology adaptive to the current society and cultures. For instance, they created a way to assess the current perception of users with the emoji system.
This takes place with their annual global study that assesses different aspects. For example, do emojis represent cultural identities and physical selves of its users? Also, Adobe makes this study possible through a partnership with Emojination.
Emojination is a grassroots organization shaping the emoji approval process. In addition, their tagline states that “Emoji By The People, For The People”. This proves how vital emojis are for inclusivity and representation of users all over the world.
Paul Hunt, a typeface designer and emoji enthusiast, expresses his surprise with the results on a recent blog posted. It states that:
Personally, I found the results of this year’s survey surprising, particularly with emoji users of all ages responding that greater options for representations are needed to help communicate important personal concerns such as localized cultural touchstones, gender / sexual identities, and the spectrum of users’
Claims of the Report
According to CNN, this year’s survey gathered responses from 7,000 frequent emoji users from all over the world including United States of America, Japan, Germany, and others. Majority of the users want emojis to be more inclusive and culturally distinct to best represent their identity, culture, and themselves.
Aside from that, this year’s report shows the following survey findings:
- A more inclusive representation of users is needed in emoji as per the 83% of respondents
- 41% of Gen Z respondents wants to see their culture shown in the emoji selections
- Only half of global emoji users believes that their identity is represented by available emojis
- Just 37% of these users with a disability or impairment feel represented in the currently available emoji
- Over half of global emoji users wishes for an additional customization options to best reflect their identities
- 77% of Gen Z and 75% of Millennials said that a more inclusive emoji selection can spark positive conversations about critical issues
- 76% of respondents agree that emoji will allow a more united and respectful form of communication between users
Relevance of Emojis
From the very first emoji created, we have expanded to emojis representing different emotions, actions and individuals. These are more than just a simple feature in our phones, these are now ways to reach out to more people using the tiniest emotive character there is.
In conclusion, technology helps us create connection with one another. It just depends on us on how we make it more human.