Emojis; a psychological crisis

4 min readFeb 20, 2022

The innocent, tiny, bright-colored emojis have become potential compensators for the lack of non-verbal communication in online chatting.

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Non-verbal communication is the critical factor in the human’s relationship building, with all emotions and intentions being carried through body language, facial expression, and speaking style. In the global world where online communication is central, and people from the distances of seven seas are communicating with each other, emojis have become the virtual represents of emotions and gestures. Emojis have started to influence human psychology like non-verbal communication does in real-time meetings. People love to teach emojis in their chats to make them more animated and exciting with complex feelings and emotions.

With time, emojis evolved into a language of their own, with people using them in place of whole sentences and turning the once non-verbal communication tool into a new coding game of its own. Thus, these tiny graphics are impactful enough to mold human mood and evoke specific actions. The emojis help people create a façade of a personality that might be in staunch contrast with their real nature and behavior. It is one of the reasons many people have more friends online than in real life because emojis help them present themselves as they wish to. They can present themselves as understanding and lovely by using emojis to support such an image while they might not understand others at all.

A person may send a laughing emoji on a pun that stung and portrays themselves as a tolerating person who has a good sense of humor. By controlling emojis, People control others’ perceptions of them. It is hard to fake emotions in real interaction, but online chatting puts a
person in the driving seat of their reaction. So, when such online interaction changes into an offline meeting, people face disappointment and a sense of strangeness. Moreover, excessive emojis in contrast to one’s real personality create an identity crisis. In this way, emojis pose a psychological threat unfathomable beforehand. Emojis are designed with exaggerated reactions to fill up the gap of actual presence. Nobody really gets tears from laughing, but here it is an emoji that is most excessively used to express laughter. Emojis enable the users to amplify the truths because the receiver cannot detect them…


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