There are so many icons on modern-day computers that they boggle the mind. I probably only know what a twentieth of them mean. There’s one that appears to be a little bucket pouring fluid onto a skinny rectangle. When I move the cursor up, the word says Shading. Really, a picture of a bucket, fluid and a rectangle is easier than the word “shading”?
Bathrooms in public places often have pictographs of either a man in short hair and pants or a woman with long hair and a skirt. How outmoded is this? If you go to a mall, how many girls do you see in jeans and spiked hair? How many young kids are there who’ve never seen their mom in long hair and a skirt? Is it really that difficult to decipher the words men and women?
We have also decided that a circle with a slash is a better way of saying no than saying no (cigarette with a slash!) and a picture with a I “heart” something with a symbol is better way of saying love than saying I love my kids/my cat/Texas/I.U./Green Bay Packers.
Of course, I “heart” words and I feel comfortable with them so I see our use of pictograms as a step backward rather than forward. We complain today that so many of our children are not well educated. Reading is essential in the education process so why make it easier for kids not to have to deal with even basic words?