Everyone has a smartphone these days and most of us like to utlize emoji’s when it comes to sending messages or updating our social media posts. Have you ever noticed the array of bugs that are featured in your emoji list? There are quite a few, however the scariest pest of all isn’t featured, the mosquito, but all of that is about to change…
Check your phone: You’ve got a honey bee, a caterpillar, a spider, an ant and a ladybug, not to mention all manner of mammals, birds and sea creatures. But no mosquito. That oversight cries out for a fix, according to a pair of public-health specialists. That’s why they have petitioned a group called the Unicode Consortium to include a female mosquito — the only kind that bite humans and spread disease — in the next batch of emojis that will be available on smart phones next year.
Who would’ve thought that there is such a careful selection process when it comes to emoji’s. Hopefully, the mosquito icon will join the likes of the honeybee, the spider and the shark. Maybe some of us might utilize it to spread awareness of the dangers of mosquitoes… here’s hoping!
So there you have it, there’s even science in emojis! They’re a great way of visually sharing information.
Emojis are those small icons—smiley faces, winking eyes, hearts of all shapes, sizes and colors—that we use in text messages, emails and social media. They are everywhere these days because they increase the precision and nuance of our often super-brief and open-to-misunderstanding communications. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
When it comes to communicating awareness around mosquitoes, it’s good to be able to use popular trends to attract attention. So here’s hoping the mosquito emoji makes a common appearance and helps to contribute to the reduction of mosquitoes in real life!
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