Study found that emoji meaning isn’t universal

When emojis released, at first time, it was expected would become universal language, with the ability to exceed cultural differences and borders.

Recently, researchers found that some emojis are misinterpreted. This is mean that miscommunication frequently occurs. Using the same method, even professional marketing translators cannot interpret emojis.

For example, it was found that when individuals receive tears of joy face emojis expression, some recipients interpret them positively, while others capture negative mean. Apparently, the study also revealed that only 4.5% of emoji messages were received consistently in the same way. Up to 25% have misinterpreted some emojis.

Besides, the way emojis are received is important; for instance, there are different reactions, depending on whether the emojis are received through the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.

Experiments have been conducted using a “grinning face with smiling eyes” Emoji. a  reaction to grinning face and smiling eyes in real life is very different from what portrayed in the emojis.

A Ph.D. student from University of Minnesota believes that these different responses are because emojis become a relatively new part of language and communication.

It seems a theory that people construct collective meanings using various types of communication methods. This understanding develops over time and takes a while before certain people do have the same language, geographical area, or culture before they receive a new form of communication. The problem is: professional translation isn’t needed between communicators because emoji meaning are supposed to represent the message, no attached caption.

It has been suggested that one of the ways to ensure universal understanding is to codify a dictionary or use emojipedia.com. So, people can understand and accept the universal meaning of emojis.

If these emojis continue to misunderstand, the communicator has to use verbal language. Maybe, in advance, an emoji translator is needed?Excellent!