What iPhone emoticons reveal about the culture of food in America

20 Apr

For those of us using the iPhone, the emoji symbol button is a habitual and fun addition to a casual text. It can be found at the bottom left corner of a text bubble and is categorized into groups characterized by a simple figurehead: people, nature, services, places and symbols. While many criticize emojis for the lack of ethnic diversity in their people symbols, the location of food emojis offers another interesting spot for interrogation that often goes unrecognized. While one might assume to find the emoji for food in the nature bar (FLOWER) along with emoticons of plants and animals, the foods are actually placed in the  service group (BELL). Most of the foods are packaged and cuisine specific but some are merely fruits and veggies in the same state as when they emerge from the Earth. What does this indicate about our society that we so casually and seemingly unconsciously equate foods with a prepackaged service that we begin to distance foods, even at their most raw, from their natural origins? Food for thought…

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-Emma Ulriksen, ’14
Emma is a senior living in Smith’s vegetarian cooperative, Tenney House. She is an American Studies major and Sustainable Food concentrator, particularly interested in the culture of food in the United States.

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