Five emojis you used WRONG — including the usual smiley

EMOJI is a fairly universal language, but many of us may be using it completely incorrectly.

The popular pictograms can be easily misunderstood, new research suggests.

Does this emoji really represent happiness?


Does this emoji really represent happiness?

Even apparently innocent ones like the slightly smiling face are apparently abused.

Almost a quarter of us use it to convey a genuine smile when it comes to messaging friends and family, but it can have the opposite effect for a few generations.

Gen Z and Millennials interpret it as passive aggressiveness or for moments of sarcasm and even irritation.

And so many others are also causing confusion.

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Upside down smiley face

Upside down smiley face is not what it seems...


Upside down smiley face is not what it seems…

According to a TextAnywhere survey of 1,000 people, the upside-down smiley face is one of the top five most misunderstood emojis.

It can easily represent sarcasm, irony, humor and silliness, but also awkwardness or frustration where someone might use it instead of typing “well”.

However, many said they think it’s for moments of happiness.

Person at the information desk

Who knew this is a person at the information desk?


Who knew this is a person at the information desk?

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Most people use it to mean “whatever” or to show “naughty”.

Face with steam from nose

Some think this is a person sneezing


Some think this is a person sneezing

The face with steam from the nose is also misunderstood.

While half said it was meant to show anger or frustration, some identified it as a sneeze.

Grimacing face

Not as angry as you might think


Not as angry as you might think

The grimace emoji rounds out the list and gives users the completely wrong impression.

It’s usually a sign of nervousness, awkwardness, or embarrassment, but some believe it implies anger.

“There’s a lot to be said for the role emojis play in our daily interactions and the fun they can add, whether it’s texting a family member or messengering a colleague,” said Emjay Lofts, director of marketing at text everywhere.

In fact, nowadays there is an emoji that can represent almost anything from an emotion to a type of fruit.

“Emojis have become a popular way to express non-verbal cues like tone of voice and mood.

“But now that so many of our face-to-face conversations have been replaced by texts, emojis have a lot more weight when it comes to helping us communicate.

“Often they can replace words, so it’s important for us to fully understand their meaning and ensure our messages are delivered correctly.”

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