These days, a lot of conversations happen and people have many ways to express their feeling whether it’s sad, angry, happy, or even desperation. Emoji is one thing that you could never miss its sighting. In fact, the way that people use emojis could be related to our current circumstances.

At this time being, it canโ€™t be denied this is the year of the health-related emoji. The virus is everywhere ๐Ÿฆ , people wearing the mask ๐Ÿ˜ท all the time, which is an irony while France made mask compulsory in public but keep the ban on burqas and niqabs, people also got sick ๐Ÿคข sneezing ๐Ÿคง everywhere, unpredicted fever ๐Ÿค’ tragically end up in a hospital ๐Ÿค• ๐Ÿš‘ ๐Ÿ’Š ๐Ÿ’‰ , and people always remind each other to wash your hands with ๐Ÿงผ ๐Ÿงฝ


How interesting, that according to Emojipedia, people are less using positive emoji this year, while the emoji use is up. The use of pleading-face ๐Ÿฅบ and the folded-hands ๐Ÿ™ are increasing, so many people are begging for this pandemic to be over, asking for a job, healthcare treatment, and also praying ๐Ÿ™ goodness to each other.

The shopping cart ๐Ÿ›’ also got its high usage, because you know what? ๐Ÿงป
Last but not least the airplane โœˆ๏ธ is most likely not too popular this year.

Recently, a couple of emoji proposal has just been approved and this might relate to everyone in 2020, and in my opinion, mostly these new emojis are to express negative feeling.

New approved emoji 2020

Take a look at the face in clouds ๐Ÿ˜ถโ€๐ŸŒซ and face exhale ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ I thought this would express for the desperation that things will never be as they were used to be, The face with spiral eyes ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ could express the completely chaotic and injustice on this 2020, the #coronavirus, #blacklivesmatter, #delhiburning, #kashmirbleed, #muslimlivesmatter, #uighur, #beirutexplosion, and most of its, recession happened in every country.

The heart on fire โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ and the mending heart ๐Ÿค• โค๏ธ to show how many people are broken and healing because of the loss of their families, man beard ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™‚๏ธ and woman beard ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™€๏ธbecause you got too long staying home, the WFH ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป effect. Yes, a woman can have a beard too, please donโ€™t ask me why?

Despite all of this happening, this is the man that we should be thankful, the one who made us possible peppering the internet, he is a graphic designer, an Ad man named Harvey Ball, the man who created the first smiley face symbol for an insurance campaign in 1963, and best of all, the image was never copyrighted.

Harvey Ball

The catch phrase for the day is ‘Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.’ ~ Harvey Ball