Should Emoji be declared an official language?
COULD Emoji be a way to break down the barriers between races and cultures?
The colourful picture-based characters are used regularly all over the world since being introduced to iPhones and Android-based smartphones in previous years.
But an Australia-wide survey reveals the cute picture-based messages could be more than a fad.
Research by technology company OPPO Australia revealed one-in-six Queenslanders believe Emoji should be recognised as its own official language.
CMO at OPPO Australia Michael Tran said Emoji had benefits over traditional text-based messaging.
"A limitation of traditional text based communication is the inability to accurately express feelings and tone within messages," Mr Tran said.
"Emojis help to overcome this, allowing users to communicate complex emotions and ideas within static messages."
Although 58% of Queenslanders use Emojis in messages, this is the second-lowest in Australia, with Northern Territorians the highest at 70 %.
Females are more positive towards Emojis than males, with 67% of women saying they believe they allow people to better express themselves in messages, compared to 52% of males.
- The first Emoji characters were created in Japan in 1998.
- Sony Pictures is developing an animated movie about Emoji.
- For the first time ever Oxford Dictionary selected an Emoji as its word of the year in 2015. The character 😂 was chosen, and is officially called "Face With Tears of Joy".