Emojis show more than feelings: how the icons reflect social issues, too

Earlier this week, Apple announced that more than 100 new emojis will be added as part of the iOS 10 update this fall, and the examples they gave show that the company isn’t just aiming for cuteness.

“This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, [and] adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag, and more family options,” Apple said in a post.

Twenty-first century typers and texters have a complicated relationship with emojis: on the one hand, they have been blamed for stunting our ability to communicate, lacing even meaningful interactions with sarcasm. Yet the Oxford English Dictionary has tried to classify emojis as words, a proposal some linguists quickly shut down. READ MORE.