Emojis have become a key part of the way we communicate online.
If you understand the visual language behind them they can make conveying emotion via text messages and status updates a little easier.
If you don’t understand the language, then I’m here to tell you that the eggplant emoji you sent your Tinder match last night wasn’t the offer to cook dinner that you thought it was.
This year’s emojis are really trying their hand at being more inclusive, reports Sky.
Let’s take a look at the full range:
The drop of red blood was introduced following a campaign by Plan International, in an attempt to destigmatise menstruation.
Carmen Barlow, digital strategy and development manager at Plan International UK, said: “Emojis play a crucial role in our digital and emotional vocabulary, transcending cultural and country barriers. A period emoji can help normalise periods in everyday conversation.
The new range of emojis also includes people of varying skin tones in motorised and manual wheelchairs, as well as people with mobility canes, using service dogs, and an ear with a hearing aid, ushering a more diverse representation of the differently abled.
There are also several versions of a gender non-specific couple, breaking stereotypes around what is and isn’t considered ‘normative’.
All of this is very positive if you consider how many people make use of emojis every day.
Of course, there had to be one that was taken out of context.
This emoji is already being interpreted as a way to indicate a small penis:
We need to get rid of the idea that penis size is so important. Have a listen to Dan Savage on this one of you want to know why.
With the inclusive emojis and the additional cute-value of a sloth emoji, they almost got it right.
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