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What do emojis mean? How millennials and Gen-Z use them very differently

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In the beginning, they were just a few keyboard characters at the end of your sentences, added to convey emotion or look “cool”.

But when emoticons graduated from simple characters to well-expressed emojis, they spurred a universal language of their own.

For the uninitiated, emoticons are textual portrayals of faces and emotions represented by keyboard characters such as punctuation marks, letters and numbers.

Emojis, on the other hand, are the little pictorial icons we all know and love today. It was 2009 when several engineers from Apple submitted an official proposal to adopt 625 new emoji characters into the Unicode standards, with the decision of making emojis accessible from 2010.

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