Emoticons have become such a universal language in the digital age – even Australia’s court system is considering introducing “digital experts” to decipher their meaning for verdicts. The tiny faces and objects are not just a quick way to capture mood, they can fill the void when words fail.
And while we might think there’s an emoji for almost every event or occasion – the eggplant emoji, for example, has become the pre-eminent phallic emoji of our time – the dating app creators at Tinder think otherwise. They’re calling for emoji equality and is demanding the introduction of an interracial emoji couple.
A global Tinder survey found 52 per cent of respondents believe interracial couples are not well represented in today’s tech language.
It seems like a fair point, especially on the eve of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras and off the back of the marriage equality legislation change – acceptance of all relationships seems to becoming more wide spread.
To lobby for racially diverse couple emojis across all platforms, the company plans to submit a petition to the Unicode Consortium, the organisation dedicated to influencing online standards.
The extensive approval process means it could take up to two years before this particular request becomes a reality, but in the meantime, be on stand-by for the next batch to drop. They are anticipated in the second half of this year.