Everyone understands emoijs. The small pictograms are super universal, are thus an international means of communication, a visual language, but not a world language.
Emojis have become the only way to save time and effort in our written conversations. This saves us from describing feelings with words. Instead, we use emotional symbols.
The effect: less effort and they quickly catch the eye of the reader of our message. They are perceived first and give the actual message a corresponding expressiveness.
Emoji Keyboard for Refugees
At this site, just a while ago, a refugee emoji keyboard was presented and offered for download.
‘The Refugee Emojis keyboard is a set of 36 emojis that symbolise the needs of refugees. Each download sends a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) for their help to millions of people who could have been forced to leave their homes.’ is the description of those responsible.
Of course, in a way, it was a sensational, unusual, bizarre, not very purposeful, but fundraising action. After all, the app downloads collected donations that benefited these very people.
We have since taken over the page and are integrating it into our emoji project, which lists all available emojis that are also sufficient for refugees.
Variety of emoji use
When using emojis, the differences between each feature, platform, cultural background, and context can lead to different understandings.
Emoji use is influenced not only by demographic and individual psychological characteristics, but also by many factors such as cultural background, living environment, language environment, and the user group.
Cultural differences have a significant impact on the use of emojis. Some specific uses of emoji are closely related to cultural background.
Certain language environments also influence the use of emojis – they are highly dependent on their linguistic and textual environment.
The use of emojis is also related to interpersonal relationships.
The more polite and distant the conversation between people is, the more abstract and static the emoji becomes, whereas emojis are used more specifically and vividly in groups where the participants are more sympathetic, companionable, and intimate towards a particular subject.