Recently, Facebook is facing a huge protest over an emoticon which is “feeling fat” that led to a campaign against the unbecoming emoticon which is #FatisNotaFeeling. Among the many Facebook emoticons and stickers that were introduced, this the first time that the public gave the said emoticon thumbs down.
Beaver Falls, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/09/2015 -- The way people communicate keeps on evolving as the new technology today continues to progress. It offers people a lot of ways to make communication comprehensible even to nations with low literacy rates. That even with the use of emoticons, images and stickers, people will readily understand what is being conveyed which makes emoticons a universal language that can express more meaningful messages than a typical smile can do.
Many were fascinated with the usage of emoticons Facebook users is now including in their status and comments when it was first introduced. Its influence in turning long words or phrases into a single icon of a human face, become a worldwide craze for its ability to display the exact feeling and message a person wants to put across. Although people doesn't really understood 'the depth and linguistic sophistication of emoticons' as Cecilia Aragon described, the lead researcher of the University of Washington pertaining to the contextual use of emoticons. People believe that emoticons are just trivial matters that spice up the conversation.
However, over the last decade emoticons has been the informal text of communication of people as observed in unedited texts, chats, Twitter and other social media sites that researchers from University of Washington have studied which had resulted to a conclusion that most bilinguals use the emoticons in texting more often than when they use their non-native language. Another discovery in the study has revealed that 'the idea of chatting is not as rich and as transparent as face-to-face communication'. In addition to this, a text-based communication is very light, sterile and easily misinterpreted since there's neither gesture nor facial expression present.
According to Alvaro Sardiza, a UW senior and also an exchange student, most bilinguals use emoticons as much as they do in their native language since it fills the gaps of the language when is translated. And if a person finds it difficult to say something from their native language, the emoticons can fill in this lacking in a more meaningful way. Thus in order to complete the thought, emoticons will be needed to fill in the gaps that most bilinguals find hard to fill in. However, the use of emoticons has also its limitation in conveying a person's feeling.
Recently, Facebook is facing a huge protest over an emoticon which is "feeling fat" that led to a campaign against the unbecoming emoticon which is #FatisNotaFeeling. Among the many Facebook emoticons and stickers that were introduced, this the first time that the public gave the said emoticon thumbs down. According to Catherine Weingarten, member of Endangered Bodies, who made the protest against the emoticon, setting the status with the 'feeling fat' emoticon is like making fun of the people who sees their self as overweight, including the people that has eating orders which is not okay. Thus, a petition to remove the degrading emoticon has been made in Charge.org where it attracted 13,000 signatures in just two weeks.
With the power of emoticons to stir the emotions of people, it's not surprising that in the coming years, emoticons will be one of the standard universal language that people could use to put across ideas in a more convenient but humorous way.
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