Suggestive emoji sounds like a social-messaging therapist, which isn’t too far from the truth. The newest emoji keyboard, Roxie, gives users emoji access at the tip of their fingers. Type in “love” and you’ll get this:
The best part about using Roxie is convenience — but sometimes, choices appear unexpectedly. It’s like discovering emojis you haven’t used because they were a few more swipes than you were willing to take in order to send a quick SMS. It’s also handy if you’re new to using emojis and you didn’t quite know where the pumpkin emojis were located. In other words, it’s a shortcut to being an emoji super-user.
If emoji fame is not what you’re seeking, consider this:
In February, Dr. Owen Churches, of the School of Psychology at Flinders University in Australia, conducted a study on emoticons. His research showed that people reacted to emoticons the same way they would react to a real human face.
“Back in the day, we used to use an emoticon mostly when corresponding via email. But now, the nature of communication has changed,” said Sriram Kalyanaraman, a Journalism Professor at the University of Florida who focuses on the psychology of new technology. “As a result, the language of communication has changed and emoticons have entered into the mass culture.”
Culture, emotion and communication — what’s not to like?