The History of Emoji
Nowadays, digital communication goes far beyond typing out a few words and hitting send. If you check out any social networking site or even your last few text messages you are bound to see an emoji or two. They help us to express our emotions online in a way that was not possible before. Emoji has become a second language for everyone who owns a smartphone but how much do you really know about emoji or where it came from?
There were originally 176 emoji created by Shigetaka Kurita in the late 1990’s in Japan. He wanted to find a way to communicate through text by conveying tone and avoiding miscommunication. He was inspired by Japanese visual art, particularly manga and that’s how he came up with emoji.
Emoji appeared in most of our lives in 2011 when it first appeared on iPhone. It has been described as the fastest growing language ever with already 3 billion people using it. Researchers have discovered that those who use emoji often go on more dates and have more sex!
The Museum of Modern Art recently announced that it had acquired the original set of 176 emoji for its permanent collection.
And… That’s it!