Emoji is now the fastest growing language in the UK. According to one of the UK’s leading linguistics experts, many people find it easier to communicate using emoji than text.
Professor Evans, from Bangor University, claims emoji is evolving faster than ancient languages such as hieroglyphics.
Prof Evans has partnered with telecoms TalkTalk Mobile, which found that eight out of 10 people in the UK have used emoji to communicate, with 72 per cent of 18 to 25-year-olds claiming that they found it easier to convey their emotions using emoji rather than with words.
Prof Evans said: “Emoji is the fastest growing form of language in history based on its incredible adoption rate and speed of evolution.
“As a visual language emoji has already far eclipsed hieroglyphics, its ancient Egyptian precursor which took centuries to develop.”
However it seems this is not a view the wider public share, with emoji now a default keyboard option on most smartphone interfaces, while 29 per cent of those surveyed said they used emoji in at least half of their messages.
Prof Evans has partnered with the telecoms firm to create a new online video tutorial called Emoji IQ, which is aimed at improving understanding of the symbols and their meanings.
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