Communication for Millennials: the emoji

18-10-2019

A quick search on the internet will give you a great inside into how Millennials like to communicate. But let me assure you that it’s not as bad as it might seem. 😉 In contrast to what you might read, Millennials don’t want to avoid in-person communication. But, as the speed of communication has risen these past decennia, you need to choose wisely when deciding on your communication channels.

Let us focus on the first major difference from previous generations. Millennials grew up with the internet. Communicating online. Fast and direct. And always mobile. The smartphone changed a lot in our communication habits. And texting evolved greatly over the past few years. Luckily we survived the brief moment where everything was shortened to the most necessary: the consonants. We wrote short messages like “HRU, LTNS”. Which would translate to “how are you, long time no see”. Luckily most of us moved on, as technology caught up and provided us with smarter keyboards and dictionaries. However a few of these abbreviations became part of our chat language, such as “TLDR” (too long didn’t read), “ROFL” (rolling on floor laughing) and “YOLO” (you only live once).

Besides the text abbreviations, we have access to almost 3000 emoji characters. They started out as emoticons (a contraction of emotion and icon), a set of characters that mimic a facial expression. And later in the nineties got replaced with the emoji (a contraction of e and moji, Japanese for pictograph), which is a small depiction of something that can represent more than just an emotion. Both were invented in Japan and now maintained by big tech companies. Interested in a few more facts? Watch this short video from Google Arts & Culture.

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