Emoji is now the fastest growing language in the UK, and many people find it easier to communicate using its smiley faces and icons than with text.
That’s the opinion of Vyvyan Evans, Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, anyway.
An emoji, for those who don’t know, are tiny colourful pictures which people can use to express their feelings rather than the much more clunky “words”.
The growing use of smartphones means that many people are now well versed in having entire conversations using only emojis.
Evans partnered with TalkTalk Mobile for a new study, which found that eight out of 10 people in the UK have used the symbols to communicate, with 72 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds saying they found it easier to put their feelings across using emoji rather than with words.
Emoji is the fastest growing form of language in history based on its incredible adoption rate and speed of evolution. As a visual language emoji has already far eclipsed hieroglyphics, its ancient Egyptian precursor which took centuries to develop.
Evans also warns against using emojis when breaking bad news or in formal settings such as job applications, which should go without saying really.
Evans has partnered with the telecoms firm to create a new online video tutorial called Emoji IQ, which aims to improve understanding of the symbols and their meanings.
The linguistics expert has even revealed the top 10 most popular emojis, putting an end to that heated debate once and for all!