By now it should be obvious that we love emojis. As we wait anxiously for the emoji update that promises hundreds of new emojiis, let’s make sure we’re taking advantage of the emojiis currently at our disposal. But first we have one question: 1. Flag This emoji seemed particularly necessary recently with the World Cup and summer traveling. Since communication apparently doesn’t slow down no matter what continent you’re on, these emojis can be used as a constant reminder that as you suffer through your unpaid internship or commuting from suburbia, your friends are having fun on vespas in Italy or bar hopping in Germany. Basically they are Lizzie McGuire in The Lizzie McGuire Movie and you are Gordo. 2. Flag + Soccer Ball A fun little twist on the Flag (see #1). For all you World Cup watchers, combine a flag with a soccer ball and you can pretend that you know something about soccer (football?) despite having no idea who Cristiano Ronaldo was three weeks ago (myself included). 3. The little chick with her hand up This is your basic bitch. It is probably the most fun emoji to send and the most annoying to receive. It’s like this little tiny lady is telling you that she is better than you. She holds more power in her left hand than you do in your whole body. 4. The single tear drop This emoji is used when your friend has told you bad news and you want to express sympathy. Warning: this is only for when your friend has missed the bus or she has to spend the night in Lau. It would be an extremely inappropriate response to actual bad news. If your friend tells you horrible news, pick up the phone and call her instead of sending a little crying man. 5. Serious face + Gun This combination is the best of way of saying “I hate everything and everyone, you may kill me now.” 6. Food I always wonder about the taste of whoever created the food emojis because while it seems like there are many options to choose from, there are only a few that represent foods I eat often. I personally don’t ever crave flan enough to text about it, but to each their own.
MIT professor, psychologist and author Sherry Turkle once wrote, “Always on/always-on-you communications devices are seductive for many reasons, among them, they give you the sense that one can do more, be in more places and control more aspects of life.” She’s right: Such devices are ubiquitous and useful. Today, cell phones seem to be more an extension of the hand than a separate technology tool.
And that’s partially why UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) is asking you to put your cell phone down. Cell phones are clearly important, but they aren’t as important as clean water — something 768 million people worldwide cannot access.
That’s where UNICEF’s Tap Project comes in.
The UNICEF Tap Project is based on a simple challenge: Give up some of your phone time to give others access to clean water. According to the Project’s website, “For every minute you don’t touch your phone, our sponsor can provide one day of clean water to a child in need.”
All you need to do is visit uniceftapproject.org on your mobile device. Set down your cell phone on a flat surface and don’t touch it. The website will begin the clock after a few seconds, and the timer will end when your phone is moved again. Remember, with this initiative, every second counts!
The UNICEF Tap Project is a win-win, Hoyas. Not only can you provide clean drinking water to those who need it, but you can also spend some precious time away from your phone. Perhaps you could head over to The Hoya for all the latest headlines or even pay a visit to the UNICEF Tap Project website for more details about the efforts. Either way, put those phones down and go!
Also, I’m already at five minutes. Get on my level.