Like, comically, annoyingly longer. It's distracting and frustrating.
That's an intentional feature? As far as I know it's always been there, mostly roleplayers use it for their scenes if it's needed. But, there is a way to turn it off if you don't want to see emotes. Chat Box options > Gear upper left hand corner > uncheck emotes option. Problem solved.
Pretty sure emotes were what awoke Zhaitan originally. If say chat range is 1 to 1500, emotes are like 1 to hold-my-beer. Would be nice if it was toned down a bit.
Soul-binding needs to be allowed to die gracefully. It has expired. It is long past it's time to become a footnote in the history of gaming.