In recent years, the emoji standard has expanded from a collection of yellow smileys and various symbols to a large collection of figures that symbolize and represent more of human diversity. And the more inclusive emojis are popular, a survey from Adobe.
The company asked around 7,000 users in Australia, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Germany and the United States a number of questions about emoji and diversity, and the answers showed that most people like the wider range with, for example, different skin tones and more cultural symbols.
83 percent of the respondents answered that they want to see more inclusive emojis. The category most demands greater representation in each culture, closely followed by age and ethnicity. 76 percent believe that emoji is an important means of communication.
The three most popular new emojis were “person feeding baby”, “bubbelte” and “person in tuxedo”.
The Unicode consortium is behind the emoji standard and releases hundreds of new emojis every year, which are then added to various operating systems and apps. Apple, for example, is about to release iOS 14.5, which contains 217 new, both completely new characters and variants of existing ones.