If you cannot say something to me plainly, maybe it doesn’t need to be said. I never bother to try and decipher long strings of emojis, regardless of who sends them.

Don’t call me a hypocrite. I know, I sometimes use the occasional emoji, perhaps a smile or a flower or heart. Hell, I used emojis back when they were constructed out of punctuation. They were used as flourishes, for emphasis. But do we really need 78 different, nearly indistinguishable smiley emojis? How many angry faces do we really need to choose from? I will never try to express something through the use of long, often inscrutable, chains of emojis in the hope that you interpret them the same way I do.

If you want to say something to me, say it using plain and clear language. If I want to read pictographs, I will study ancient Egyptian.