There are burritos now. A turkey. An “up yours” and even a unicorn.
We are blessed to have a plethora of tiny little graphics right there at the swipe of our finger.
The emoji library is filled with a whole host of racially diverse folks of all ages and genders, every type of delicacy you could ever dream of (hmmmm popcorn), a range of transport options and even a funeral urn.
(Err, for you know when an emoji moves on).
Each and every type of family you could imagine is represented. Fifteen different types of them. LGBT families, childless couples, mother, father, boy; mother, mother, girl; father, father, boy, girl.
There’s the pigeon pair family, the two mums and a son, the two dads and two impeccably groomed kids.
A virtual world complete.
Except for one thing.
They forgot about us — the single parent families. Not since Joe Hockey’s first budget have single parents been so maligned.
American actress and comedian Chelsea Peretti recently raised the issue on Twitter:
She had a whole heap of total dick wad responses (you can imagine) and one fairly clever one:
But reality aside, nobody seems to have an answer to why the single mums and dads of the world were overlooked in the recent great emoji rebirth. As online news site Mic wrote, there are 15 different train emojis, what’s so hard about throwing in a single mum and a few sprockets or a single dad and his brood?
In April, Apple updated their emojis to include racially diverse and gay family and couple icons. They all appeared suddenly on our devices after a slightly nerve-wracking update.
(Software update fail error anyone?)
But once we waited, and waited, and waited for that little bar to reach the end of the screen. There they were a whole neighbourhood of smiling block coloured families all diverse in their own ways.
In October another update came, this time with emojis we never even knew we needed so badly — a unicorn, a squirrel, a rather sad lion and a clown face.
The emoji world was complete.
Ellen Degeneres explains what the new emojis could really mean…