Last Updated on: 14th October 2022, 06:52 am
I don’t know if this is going to wind up being my inner old person, my inner blind person or both talking here, but let’s go.
I don’t mind emojis when they’re used appropriately. By appropriately, I mean in moderation. That much is definitely my inner blind person. If you put 13 😂 emojis in your tweet or text, my screen reader is going to read every damn one of them to me individually and it’s going to make me want to make your face look much less joyful. I’m also looking at you here, people with a dozen emojis in their screen names. That means you, Bob cat face smiling face face with tears of joy sparkles fire fire fire fire party popper grinning face smiling pile of poo Smith. Yes, everything written out like that is exactly how I hear your name every single time it appears. Stop it! Please!
I’m glad I got that out of my system, for whatever good it’s going to do. Now I can get to why I started this to begin with.
Emojis, like I said, are fine. Some of them are really weird to me like cat face motorcycle, 🐱🏍 but you do you. there is, however, one group of emojis that I simply do not understand. It’s the keycaps with the numbers on them. Why do those exist? I’ve never seen a keyboard with a 🍴 key on it, but they all have a big row of numbers on them which seems much simpler to use than the keyboard switching, scrolling and searching required to make your numbers look like buttons because it’s kewel!
I see these used all the time in sports apps and it drives me nuts! Things like the top 1️⃣0️⃣ takeaways from whatever baseball game was just on. The numbers are right there! Just use them! It’s so much faster! Why are you wasting your time!? Besides, if your target audience won’t be interested in your list unless the number of items on said list is represented by stylized buttons, what do you think is going to happen when it sees all them normally written words?
Ok, old blind man is going to make a cup of tea and calm down now. He might even have 2️⃣ of them.