Are emojis killing off the English language? Perhaps, says YouTube

Writing a story with pen, paper and actual words could be a dying art as emojis take over the world.

They are becoming the fastest-growing language, taking over the way we communicate - and while they might be as easy as reading words, research suggests the English language is declining because of it.

The worst offenders are the younger generation.  

"It's easier to get your point across - instead of writing stuff, you can just use pictures," one emoji user told Newshub.

The cute symbols have already been immortalised on the big screen and used more and more by people on the small screen.

But the latest research from a YouTube survey suggests it's taking its toll on the way we write. More than 90 percent of British adults believe it's bringing down the English language.

However although concerned, New Zealand literacy tutors say it has its benefits.

"If we understand the protocols of language and use it regularly at school than emojis can add [to] the way we communicate,"says education expert Kip McGrath.

"But obviously [it's] a problem if it's the only way we're communicating."

The message will always be the same - it's just how we deliver it that could change.