An emoji is worth a thousand words but only if you can find the right one.
An enormous number of people around the globe want social network emojis to be more inclusive and culturally distinct so they can show how they feel and communicate fairly as per their desires and intentions, according to a new Adobe study.
Adobe’s latest Global Emoji Diversity & Inclusion report released on Thursday, the company commissioned a global study to assess emoji users’ perceptions of the capacity of the emoji system with intentions to accurately represent their physical selves, their cultural identities, and their concerns, as well as how they would like to see the emoji system evolve to address these issues in the future.
The study found 83% of the world’s emoji users needing designers of the small digital images used to convey emotions in social Apps to incorporate more inclusive representation as a discipline to meet disability, culture, and physical expression demands.
As a result, Adobe seeks to maintain an ongoing partnership with Emojination, which advocates for a more inclusive, representative emoji library and helps others create change, for the long haul.
Citing CNN Thursday reports, the survey of 7,000 frequent emoji users from seven countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, France, Australia, and South Korea, revealed 54% of respondents felt their identity was adequately reflected in current emoji options. Just 37% of emoji users with a disability said they felt represented by currently available emojis.
“Culture was the No. 1 category of emoji that respondents wanted to see more inclusion in, followed closely by age and race / ethnicity,” Adobe typeface designer & font developer Paul Hunt wrote in a blog post on the study.
“Personally, I found the results of this year’s survey surprising, particularly with emoji users of all ages responding that greater options for representations are needed to help communicate important personal concerns such as localized cultural touchstones, gender / sexual identities, and the spectrum of users’ abilities,” He added.
An emoji is worth a thousand words but only if you can find the right one
Have you ever felted puzzled when you can’t find the right emoji to respond to the chat? Well, it is a common feeling the user of every social app has come across.
Hunt says it important for everyone to feel well represented within the emoji’s library. “If we are not able to accurately express ourselves because we cannot find an emoji depiction that feels right to us, then we miss the opportunity to share meaningful aspects of our personhood with the people we are engaging,” he believes.
Are cultures, ethnicity, and age well represented in the emoji’s library?
According to the Adobe report, for all the people from the seven (7) countries assessed, culture was the number one cluster of emojis that respondents wanted to see more inclusion in, followed closely by age and race / ethnicity.
Only half of the world’s emoji users find their identity adequately represented in current emoji options. More representative emoji, inclusive of different cultures, age groups, and ethnicities, are key in helping emoji users better express themselves.
What is the impact of emojis on people with disabilities?
Well, this is a key trend in communications trending technology, and high-level inclusion is big regard for the implementers as well as users.
A report says approximately 37% of emoji users with a disability or impairment feel represented in the currently available emojis. Suggesting further, that some respondents with a disability would like to see expanded emoji that show more “helping objects”.
At the same time, some respondents with disabilities felt reducing their disability to an object could diminish their ability to express themselves authentically. It’s clear to see that emoji needs to make inroads to help those with disabilities feel more enabled, in more suggestions.
Hunt, however, expressed concern about the creation of the emojis stating a set of limitations.
“Emoji are very small, and there is only so much detail you can fit into one picture character.
“When it comes to even smaller details, such as eye color, we are talking about manipulating just a few pixels, and it is difficult to do this in a meaningful way,” he revealed.
“Technology will not do this on its own — it’s up to us to make this change. My hope is that emoji can help create more compassion in us all, and that is why I am glad to see a lot of optimism in our survey results,” Adobe typeface designer & font developer Paul Hunt expressed.
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