Why write when you can react with an emoji?

Emoji reactions are ubiquitous, whether on social networks or instant messaging. For most of us, using emojis such as:❤️,😂 or the 👍 to react to a message has become a practice rooted in our daily lives (and totally trivialized).

If emoji reactions offer an “express” way to express emotions regarding a message received or a publication posted on a social network, aren’t they also a brake on conversations? We take stock.

Emoji reactions or “the lightning response”

1 second. That’s how long it takes to add an emoji reaction: a long press on a message and you’re done. In 1 second, it is then possible to express your feelings about a message but also to give an “express” answer, without having to write; which implies: “I read your message, and here is what I think”. A generally appreciated time saver.

An emoji is worth a thousand words? Sometimes there is nothing interesting to answer, a simple emoji reaction can be enough to express your thoughts in the face of a message received. Another non-negligible advantage: it can also avoid polluting certain group conversations (and receiving 3000 notifications with messages of the type ” OK for me “, You see what I mean ?). A simple 👍 is enough to say: ” I agree “and only the sender of the message is notified, which makes it possible not to disturb the other members of the group.

Social platforms facilitate this means of expression

Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram… these messengers contribute to the democratization of the use of emojis, by developing more and more new emoji reactions to help their users better express their emotions in their discussions. A telling example: on WhatsApp, only 6 emoji reactions were possible until then, but since the beginning of July you can react to a message with any emoji (i.e. more than 3,600 emojis!). Telegram also offers a dozen emojis to react to messages, and has even launched exclusive emoji reactions to its Premium subscribers. Even LinkedIn stepped out of its comfort zone recently to meet user expectations, rolling out a laughing emoji to react to posts from professionals.

But don’t emoji reactions limit discussions?

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On the other hand, the emojis reactions do not encourage to development of the conversation. Some users will simply send an emoji reaction instead of replying with a written message that expresses their thoughts or opinions more precisely, which can sometimes cut short the discussion. For the person sending an important message to them, it can be disappointing to only receive emoji reactions, and not more personal written messages. On the social network side, this can also limit the number of comments, with some users favoring the “like” in reaction to a publication. It also does not promote trade.

One emoji reaction is better than two you’ll get

Before the appearance of emoji reactions, some messages could be left in “seen” without any response, especially in group conversations. Finally, this new means of expression through emojis is perhaps less personal than a written message and limits the discussion but still makes it easier to respond to the messages we receive.

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