This post comes after reading this article about an app that intrigues me…
A picture paints a thousand words… or does it?
Emojiary is an app that allows people to input emotions using emojis (I swear they used to be called emoticons?) with the hope of helping people better track their moods, apparently people are “hungry for support in understanding, processing, and channeling their emotions,” – I’d go with that given the amount of things I see spilled onto twitter and tumblr.
I think this is probably aimed at the teen and young adult market, I don’t imagine anyone in their late twenties or older using it, but I could be wrong. I could see myself trying and abandoning it pretty quickly after the novelty wore off, much like my foray into snapchat.
In an ideal world
So all jokes aside, I think this could potentially be useful. It could help those who cannot properly express emotion and allow them to share it or vent it. A lot of young people seem very happy to post EVERYTHING online, so why not here? If this wasn’t linked with an online profile then perhaps it would allow people to vent without it being shared with the world wide web.
This could also make people more open about sharing their feelings more readily in a healthy or productive way, that is to say not going off on a rant. This could in turn lead to improved awareness of mental health conditions allowing people to track events that make them anxious for example. Similarly when it comes to depression they could use it to see how much of the time they spend being down/unhappy vs. happy.
Where this does allow people to share without putting it all online it could lead to someone immersing themselves in their own, more offensive ideas without being questioned (but really what can an emoticon say?!) Whereas when people put inappropriate or attention seeking posts online there is usually someone who calls them out on it.
Where this could make people more inclined to record or acknowledge their feelings this app may in fact make people more likely to retreat into their phones and tap away on keys. This could also lead to a lack of ability to articulate emotions properly from people who were actually OK at doing that to start with. This could interfere in normal conversation as has been seen in the rise of MSN messenger where people started to use ‘lol’ in normal conversation and more recently where some people choose to fill awkward silences by quoting memes (don’t lie, you totally do that….OK maybe it’s just me) – will we end up with people standing and pulling faces instead of using words?
Although this could be a useful tool for people to track their moods it may also lead to people reading too much into their emotions, younger more impressionable people may compare emojis and start to put combinations together so they look similar to their friends, sort of like how people only put their best bits on facebook.
I know this is still early days and I am probably reading way too much into this. I have written (ranted) about ‘askFM’ and using Twitter as a learning tool before and wanted to write about something that was just taking off for a change.
What do you think?
Leave me a comment and let me know your take on it. Is this a flash in the pan kind of app that will disappear? Or do you think it will catch on? Would you use it? And if not – why not?