The Importance of Emojis
Welcome to 2019, where emojis are among the most important communication tool.
Your mundane email should include a smiley face or a party hat to add a dash of color or a blip of personality. The emoji options are endless, which ensures that you can keep your readers on their toes at all times.
Not only do emojis liven up your conversations, but they also have the ability to pick up where correct grammar or physical cues are lacking. It is important to emphasize our communication with our body language and facial expressions, yet technological advances make that a difficult task.
However, emojis make the task less daunting and more entertaining for both the reader and the sender. They are a more advanced form of text-based, casual conversation and they engage the reader.
Physical presence is necessary to truly understand and feel included in any communication, and emojis are the 21st Century’s digital answer to the reality that we cannot always be present.
Emojis are essential to communicate emotion, something that words cannot portray. However, they do not hold value in the academic world or in a context that demands an objective voice.
Emojis are meant to be fun, light-hearted, and convey a broad range of emotions efficiently and in a way that words sometimes cannot.
Interpretation is vast when it comes to communication in the 21st Century. Emojis also have the ability to make it easier to portray your simple text or email.
For example, when you respond with “Ok…” it appears that you are frustrated or feeling impatient. When you utilize emojis and instead respond with “Ok…😊” it causes less worry and more displays a true understanding from the sender.
Here are some emojis that you can add to a text message or email to add emotion and remove interpretation:
😄 - Smiling Face with Squinting Eyes
This emoji often expresses genuine happiness and warm, positive feelings. Are you sending an email that involves a lot of mundane information or a request? Add this emoji and provide a light-heartedness to your email.
😂 - Face with Tears of Joy
This emoji is widely used to show something is funny or pleasing.
😍 - Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes
This emoji often conveys enthusiastic feelings of love, infatuation, and adoration. Are you satisfied with a business partner or client response? This is the perfect time to utilize this emoji, as it shows your love and appreciation for the response.
😌 - Relieved Face
This emoji conveys various pleasant feelings, including contentment, calm, peace, and relief. It may also convey feelings of happiness or good-natured humor. This emoji should be used when something potentially bad or negative was smoothed over.
🤧 - Sneezing Face
This emoji portrays sneezing or blowing of the nose into a white tissue, as if from a cold or allergies. Are you sick and sending an email or Slack message to your boss? Sneak in an emoji and let your boss know exactly how you are feeling.
😵 - Dizzy Face
This emoji conveys a heightened or hyperbolic sense of such feelings such as shock, surprise, disbelief, awe, and amazement as if staggered to the point of disorientation. Did someone just get fired? Did a meeting not go as planned? This is the perfect time to display your confusion or shock to your recipient.
🥺 - Pleading Face
This emoji conveys feelings of as if begging or pleading. Do you have a client that has not followed through on something? Send them an email with this emoji and let them know how important it is to you.
🤞 - Fingers Crossed
This emoji is commonly used as a gesture indicating luck, or to show the desire for a favorable outcome. This can be used often in a business deal when discussing something professional with a client or a business partner.
👌 - OK Hand Sign
This emoji represents “I’m okay” or “yes, that’s correct/good”.This is the ideal emoji when a client, business partner or employee has sent something that requires you to sign off or agree upon.
👏 - Clapping Hands
This emoji can be used as a round of applause. It is best to use this emoji after hearing good news from a client, employee or business partner.
😡 - Pouting Face
This emoji conveys more intense degrees of anger such as hate or rage. Hopefully, you do not ever need to use this emoji toward a client, business partner or employee.
For a full list of emojis, check out Emojipedia.
There are an infinite amount of options when it comes to emojis, and it seems to grow often. The next time you send an email or text message that is boring or mundane, do not be afraid to add a touch of emotion. When used correctly, it has the potential to turn an employee into a friend or a client into an everlasting partnership.