New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Since the time social media apps have become popular among the masses, the use of emojis has increased rapidly. Emojis have now become a part of our day-to-day life, as we all use one or many emojis to express our emotions during the day.  An emoji, a small digital picture representing an idea, expression, look or reaction is now used widely to express a variety of our emotions. 

Keeping in mind the importance of these digital pictures representing our emotions to someone, July 17 (today) is celebrated as the World Emoji Day. the World Emoji Day 2020 is celebrated across the globe since 2014. 

So many of us these digital images online to convey our simple ideas and concepts. Using an emoji while texting is just a better way to make any conversation interesting. With the widespread use of it, we actually have a significant emoji now at our keypads for every different emotion we express. Whenever we found ourselves at the loss of words, we have got our emojis

World Emoji Day: History

The first emoji was created in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita, an engineer working at a Japanese mobile operator, NTT Docomo. Do you know that he first distributed the first 175 pixel emojis In Yahoo Messenger, the oldest 'mainstream' emoji was used. In 2010, emoji made it to the mobile operating system and from there it became widely available. 17 July date is chosen as World Emoji Day because 17 July is famously displayed on the Calendar Emoji. 

What new emojis are going to be added this year?

In the year 2020, more than 110 new emojis will be added including bubble tea, bottle-feeding parents, gender-neutral characters, new animals, and the transgender flag. As of March 2020, there were around 3,304 emojis in the Unicode Standard. The most popular ones among them are tears of joy, red heart, heart eyes, fire, and thumbs up. More than 500 billion emojis are sent e and exchanged each day and more than 90% of all Internet users use emojis at the time of texting.

Apple has also announced to add 70 new emojis later this year for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, and Mac. In this list of new emojis, Apple is going to include emojis for people with red hair, grey hair, and curly hair.

Interestingly it will also include emojis for bald people as well. Other than different hair types, the new set also adds the superhuman emoji, and an evil eye (which Apple calls the Nazar amulet). There are also new animals, food, sports, and symbol emojis. The level of relatability while communicating is going to offer a lot of options in our emoji list now. 

Posted By: Simran Babbar