If you want to save space, write in Chinese.
The payoff of those labyrinthine characters is that they can fit a lot of information into a small symbol.
For example, here’s the same sentence in English and Chinese:
What time did you get up in the morning?
If it’s books you’re publishing, you’ll be saving trees. If it’s tweets, there’s still a long way to 140 characters.
Of course, the other side of the bargain is that, since the Bronze Age, literate Chinese people have had to spend years of their lives memorizing thousands of ornate figures.
But in 2016, you can live most of your life on a screen, so the difficulty of writing a language by hand is losing relevance. Rather, what matters more to a lot of people is how easy it is to type and text.
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