Monday, June 6, 2016

emotional characters

The expressive symbols may have emerged in Japan, but the country is barely more emoji-crazed than the United States and nowhere near as obsessed as Finland, where nearly two-thirds of comments on Instagram contain at least one of the characters. (These data are from Instagram's fascinating analysis of text comments on the photo-sharing app.) Emoji, of course, translates easily across languages, forming a kind of global language itself.

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