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The term ‘simp’ has become a common word in many people’s vocabulary after social media influencers brought the concept to light. However, it has created an incredibly toxic environment that implies women are lesser than men, and men are shamed for treating women with decency.

Deciphering emojis in messages can be confusing, but a U of O PhD student is using his research project to break down the meaning behind communicating using emojis. Olivier Langlois submitted his master’s thesis on Sept. 19, which showcased how people responded to emojis within text messages.

“It’s been a technological crisis for the last decade or so, and an advertising crisis, and now it’s sort of an existential crisis. If these things don’t exist – if the reporters and the institutions disappear from towns, campuses, cities, provinces – all of a sudden it’s just news darkness.” — Brett Popplewell, journalism professor at Carleton University.

“It’s a scary world … I’m just thankful to not have been a teenager in the world of the iPhone.” — Lynne McInally, clinical social worker, therapist and instructor at Humber College.

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