It’s World Emoji Day on July 17 – who knew? 🤷♀️ Not that we need a day to commemorate emojis. With increasing usage of social media and messaging apps, emojis have become an essential part of our digital language to express ourselves, for better or for worse. 😆
According to a survey by software company Adobe, 55% of global emoji users are more comfortable expressing emotions through emoji than phone conversations. Not surprising, since the right emoji can convey nuances that we’re often unable to adequately communicate through words. 😂🤣😅
Since emojis are a mainstay in our daily communication, have you wondered if your emoji language is working for you in relationships, be it love or work? Could your 🤪 or 🤡 be unknowingly sabotaging you? After all, each of us has our own interpretation of emojis, and our preferences for using them. And because there’s no universal way of using emojis, emojis can be just as easily misunderstood as they are understood.
Check out these key findings from Adobe’s 2021 Global Emoji Trend Report, which shed light on certain emojis – the ones that will give you a leg up in dating and at work, as well as the downright confusing or misleading emojis that we should, perhaps, regulate our use of.
Note that this survey was done on 7,000 people in the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. Regrettably, Singaporeans weren’t surveyed, but we reckon our responses wouldn’t veer too far away from these results.