How do emojis help in feedback?

I’m a Gen X’er. If you watch Jimmy Rees  take on that, I should technically need explanations when texts have responses like POV, IKR and FML in them. It’s the new way to communicate. Especially if you do it with your 👆🏼 only.

Apparently I’m still responding like a ‘Boomer’ according to the Gen Z’ers in the house, even though I’m not in the Boomer age 🙄.

Language has been evolving since the beginning of time. In fact, pictures were our early form of communication and ways to share and keep stories.  And now we have the language of the emoji. I can hear my Dad’s 🙄 in 👼🏼 already. And it’s such a thing now that the 17th July was actually World Emoji Day. I mean WTF! Call me a Boomer IDC. It has been going since 2014. There is even an Emojipedia. Can’t believe I missed it. Must note it in next year’s calendar for sure. Anyhoo. I do sound like a Boomer now though don’t I?

Emoji’s are a big part of how we communicate these days. I like them. But they can become a weapon to weasel out of saying what we need to – or using them to excuse how we say things.

Putting an 😬 face at the end of an insult – doesn’t make it ok.

Breaking up with someone via text and using this 💔 doesn’t make it ok.

Using the phrase just being honest with this pic 🤷🏼‍♀️ doesn’t make it ok.

When someone is boring you could 🥱 doesn’t make it ok. But it does make it funny.

So where’s the line? If it’s not kind, not helpful and not true. That’s the line.

I reckon picking up the phone and talking stuff out is always safer. And kinder. Try that.

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