USC Pyschology researcher Hailong Li believes people may not be ready for the updated emojis.
About 74 percent of Americans use emojis in digital communications according to New York Magazine.
By: Alyssa Lang
After countless new versions of iPhone software updates over the years, Apple plans to release a more diverse selection of emojis or, emoticons. Emoticons are those little facial expressions and emotions that can be used in text or email communication.
The upcoming release has many students at the University of South Carolina excited about seeing more colorful icon options for them to use.
“I was really excited to see it because I've seen a lot of my friends around campus and off campus complaining about lack of emoji's,” Claire Randall says.
Some look at the release as a step in the right direction, while others think people may not be ready for the challenges the emoji's may pose.
USC School of Psychology researcher Hailong Li says people aren't ready to accept it.
“You have to use that colored face in a certain condition otherwise you will have a misunderstanding,” Li said.
There are some students who share the same concerns. USC student Daquan Williams is worried about how different communities will be represented, especially his.
“With the black community, I'm concerned about them,” Williams said. “For example with the traditional Barbie, when you have the regular Barbie with the nice hair and everything is nice…when you have the black Barbie its more like she has more coarse and more rough hair, and its not up to the same par as the traditional Barbie.”
No matter which shades of color apple chooses for the new emoji's, the decision will affect a lot of people. According to New York Magazine, 74 percent of Americans and 82 percent of those in China use emoji's in messaging apps.
The new emoticons will be released with the next Apple iOs update.