Are we so lazy that we can’t be bothered to type out actual sentences anymore? Humans can communicate their thoughts better with words than with oversimplified icons. By relying on emojis, we risk letting our writing and speaking skills deteriorate. That may not seem like a big deal, but we should be training our brains now so that composing well-written sentences is second nature to us later.
Don’t get me wrong: I know that emojis can be fun, and of course it’s fine to play around with them when you’re having a silly text conversation. But some symbols have multiple meanings, which can easily lead to miscommunication. For example, the smiley face with sunglasses could mean that it’s sunny outside, or it could mean that I’m giving shade. If my friend has to stop and wonder what I’m trying to say, that’s slowing down our conversation, not making it faster or easier.