If you’re like many people, you love emojis. If you’re a serious fan, you created one resembling you that’s sitting in your phone, waiting to enrich your texts. I had planned to make one until the app asked to access to my phone’s contents, and since I’m not sure why it needs that information, I passed up my bitmoji opportunity. Fortunately, friends text me their cute creations. Apparently, they feel weird about “people” borrowing them, even with their permission. I admit their bitmojis’ skin color, features, hair and clothes don’t reflect me, but they still have two eyes, one nose, and a mouth— that’s enough of a resemblance for me. After all, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery—or is it?
It’s frustrating when someone assumes your identity. I decided bitmojis should only represent the person who created them. You’ve heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, not always. We’ll need much more than a cartoon figure to reflect our traits, values, and preferences. What three words capture the full essence of you?