world emoji day: World Emoji Day 2022: A look at how emoticons changed the way people communicate


Communication has come a long way. From morse code to instant messaging, there has been a dramatic change in how people communicate globally. Smartphones one of the boons of the 21st century has virtually eliminated the need to communicate with words. Long sentences expressing glee, surprise, or sadness have been reduced to miniature yellow faces – also known as emojis.

Emojis are also called pictograms, logograms, ideograms, or smileys. This visual mode of text messaging traces its roots back to 1982, when computer scientist Scott Fahlmamn suggested that symbols such as 🙂 and 🙁 can potentially replace language. This idea, however, was not new it was explored by famed novelist Vladimir Nabokov who in one of his interviews with The New York Times stated – “I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile — some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket.”

Considering the soaring significance of emojis, iOS, Android and WhatsApp have been rolling out new characters and modifications to their existing emojis.

Fast forward to 2022, emojis are everywhere. They have become the most convenient way to communicate since they evidently have reduced the use of words. Its influence has surpassed all modern forms of communication, so much that now there is a special day dedicated for celebrating it. Each year July 17 is celebrated as World Emoji Day.

Why Is The Day Celebrated

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World Emoji Day falls on every July 17 and is observed to celebrate emojis or how their inclusion in digital interactions has made communication easier. This day is observed by technology companies offering operating systems, instant messaging applications, and social media platforms by introducing new emojis.

While there have been several accounts about the origins of the day, the most widely known origin story is that World Emoji Day became popular after Apple premiered its iCal calendar application on this day in 2002. Interestingly, the day July 17 was displayed on the Apple color emoji version of the calendar.

According to another account, the day was conceptualised by Jeremy Burge who is also known as an emoji historian and founder of Emojipedia, a popular emoji reference website. Emojipedia is commonly known as the encyclopedia of emojis as it offers a reservoir of information on emoji characters, their origins, design changes and trends in usage.

A Day For Emojis

According to a report in The New York Times, Burge created Emojipedia based on the calendar emoji on iPhones. In 2015, the day was the top trend on social media. In 2018, after the day became observed the world over, it was reported that millions of people marked the day by communicating using only emojis.

Now, that you gained a perspective on the origin story of emojis, this World Emoji Day, bombarded your loved ones with your favorite emojis.

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