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SOURCES VARY, BUT BETWEEN

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EMOJIS ARE TURNING COLLEGE STUDENTS INTO CAVEMEN Sofia Rivera, Simmons College

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Forty-two thousand years ago, in Málaga, Spain, cavemen created the first paintings. Around 3,200 BCE, ancient Egyptians began using hieroglyphs to record a visual history. And in 2015, the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year was a picture—an emoji. The particular emoji the word pundits chose, based off of its popularity across several languages, was the “Face with Tears of Joy.” College students know it as the “Token Response to a Funny Meme” or, used ironically, the “My Life Is in Shambles” emoji. Somehow admitting that you haven’t started a ten-pager or showered in three days is slightly more acceptable when cushioned with a yellow face streaming with ears. Two billion smartphone users worldwide (over a quarter of the global population) text more than six billion emojis every day, and no one appreciates them more than college students. An Instagram survey found that 40 percent of messages on the app include an emoji, and according to a Pew Research Center study, 53 percent of adults ages 18-29 use Instagram

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