The use of icons is growing

The use of icons to update various words seems to be on the rise as of late.

  • One reason is space, always at a premium whether it’s real estate or a web page.

Instead of the words “Battery Status” on our telephone, there is a battery icon that displays a lightning bolt to indicate that our battery happens to be charging! Moving the cursor over this icon causes the words “Energy Manager” to pop up in case I actually forget its meaning. My car’s dashboard has that little picture of an engine complete with a fan that lights up just before my car comes to a total stop on a busy freeway. I worry about society a great deal because language as well as verbal communications developed to update cave drawings that our distant ancestors actually used. I’m afraid icons are taking us back to those times. Icons actually dominate our new smart temperature control device installed on our HVAC system. I haven’t figured out how to make it communicate with “Siri”, so I am using manual controls until our 10-year-old nephew eventually figures it out for me. Until then I basically must learn what those HVAC device icons mean. I’m fairly sure the plus (+) as well as minus (-) icons are basically to adjust the temperature. There is also a snowflake icon that I suppose has something to do with starting the AC device as well as not a warning for overly sensitive school students. The fan icon is fairly straightforward as is the little picture of the sunshine that absolutely must indicate that our HVAC device is in heating mode. The teardrop icon doesn’t make any sense to me. It may be there to indicate the humidity level I suppose. It could also serve as a warning that I may shed some tears over a repair bill if I fail to officially maintain our HVAC device with regular cleaning as well as repair by an HVAC expert.

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