What emoji would you be?

If you ever text, then you know that emojis are a key part of communication today.  If you haven’t ever texted anyone, an emoji is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

Any of various small images, symbols, or icons used in text fields in electronic communication (as in text messages, e-mail, and social media) to express the emotional attitude of the writer, convey information succinctly, communicate a message playfully without using words, etc.

I use several emojis in both my company’s internal messaging system when communicating with co-workers as well as my texts to family and friends outside of work.  Like ordering the same dish at your favorite restaurant, I might try out a new emoji now and then, but I tend to go back to a few tried and true emojis most of the time.  They are fun and convey a lot of meaning without having to type words.  In looking at the ones I tend to use most often, they represent my sarcastic streak, which fits because I tend to use sarcasm once I get to know people a little better; and I tend to only text with people I know a little better than most.

That got me thinking.  I wonder what emojis people would use to describe me.  Even better, I wonder what emojis each of the following groups of people would use to describe me:

  • My professional colleagues
  • My peers at work
  • My current and former team members at work
  • My boss
  • My family

I wonder if they would use similar emojis to describe me or if they would use different ones?  If I’m consistent with the way I deal with people then they should be similar, but if I’m not then who knows.  The real problem would come if my boss says I’m 😇 (an angel); my staff says I’m 😡 (red hot mad) ; and my peers say I’m 😳 (a deer in the headlights).

I probably need to a customized emoji to be described – maybe one with a halo, horns and a bunch of juggling balls.  At least that is how I hope people would describe me.  If not, maybe I need to think a little more about why I’m perceived differently than I want to be perceived.

Maybe you should think about how this all applies to you as well.

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