Why the Church of England should praise the Lord for emojis

It’s not every day you stumble across a headline like the one above.

We spotted it on The Guardian and as all good headlines should it grabbed our attention.

Closer examination revealed the story to be a response to something the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby had published on his blog.

Don’t you love how times have changed? Forget preaching hellfire and brimstone from the pulpit, today’s clergy – along with anyone else – can share their thoughts with the world with the click of a button, and all without leaving the vestry.

Anyway, we digress. In his blog the Archbishop was writing about the absence of subtleties when we communicate electronically.

He wrote: “The subtleties we lose when we communicate electronically have to do with expression, with touch, with the face-to-face aspect of relationship. Social media does not show tears in the eye, a hand on the arm when saying something painful, body language that speaks of inner turmoil, deep distress – even gentle respect.”

The Guardian suggests the Archbishop familiarise himself with emojis – those tiny ideograms that have started appearing at the end of people’s social media and text messages.

We’ve all seen them, and some of us may use a handful of them – the smiley face, the crying face, the angry face, the glass of wine, the snowflake (a popular one this week).

But there are emojis for almost everything, and they have been described as “the first truly global language”.

The Guardian has even analysed how the public interact with politicians using emojis, and tells us that the New York Times even pondered whether emoji evidence would be admissible in court.

There’s even an online emoji tracker which monitors in real time the use of individual emojis.

How do you feel about emojis?