From The Boston Globe:
For people growing up on Snapchat, Instagram, GIFs, and the image-heavy pages of Facebook, emoji are the perfect “boundary form,” as University of California, Irvine cultural anthropologist Mimi Ito describes it, engaging both language and image. It helps that for older readers – i.e., parents – they can be completely indecipherable… Ito, who has extensively studied teenage emoji use in Japan, says that trying to read the text logs of teenagers can be impossible: “We would see kids use combinations in creative ways that you wouldn’t be able to interpret as an outsider.”

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