You used this emoji incorrectly – and it could get you in awkward situations

Emojis are as effective a way to communicate quickly as we feel, but do you know the real meaning of all the symbols at your disposal?

Emojis have become an important part of communication
Emojis have become an important part of communication

Emojis are a fantastic way to add pizzazz to text messages.

They get straight to the point, and we’ve relied on technology so much during the pandemic that it’s no wonder the majority of us are obsessed with emojis.

We use them to support lyrics by providing cues to the tone of our voice to ensure our messages aren’t taken out of context.

Although emojis are a universal language, they often have multiple meanings or misconceptions about how they should be interpreted.

text everywhere surveyed 1,000 Britons about their communication habits and what they use emoji for.

Over four-fifths of Brits use emojis when texting their friends, but 7.10% say they don’t use emojis at all.

Which emoji do you use frequently?

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The most commonly used emoji is the face with tears of joy, also known as the laughing face, with nearly half of respondents citing this as their top emoji choice.

This was accompanied by the loud crying emoji, which has been used predominantly to share positivity in recent years as younger generations refer to this as their favorite laughing emoji.

Next is the smiling face with smiling eyes, which a quarter of Brits cite as one of their top 3 emojis.

Followed closely by the heart emoji, used to express love, positive feelings, and gratitude.

While each emoji has a standard meaning, sometimes they are used in ways the creators never intended.

But a whopping six out of ten Britons use the slightly smiling emoji in the wrong context.

This emoji is meant to emphasize a passive-aggressive message or something ironic that the sender wants to say that something is really wrong.

But a staggering 60 percent described it as a “happy” emoji — which isn’t entirely accurate.

Another 23% agreed that the emoji was aimed at conveying a smile, and only 1.5% of respondents correctly stated that the emoji is primarily used to convey sarcasm.

Emojis are widely used by most Britons

Other emojis cannot identify Britons

The upside down smiley face

This funny emoji is meant to convey sarcasm, irony, humor and silliness. It can represent awkwardness or frustration when someone uses it instead of typing “well” or “that’s annoying.”

The top response for this emoji was that it depicts something happy, which is an abuse of it.

Person at the information desk

The majority of Brits use this emoji to say “hi”, “whatever” or to show “naughty”, that’s not its true intention.

The emoji is in fact meant to represent a person at an information or reception desk who can help people with answers to their questions.

Face with steam from nose

Over half of respondents correctly answered that this emoji is meant to express anger, with the furrowed eyebrows and steam blowing from the nose indicating irritation and frustration.

Responses also included describing the emoji as annoyed, but some respondents misidentified the emoji as an image of a person sneezing.


Emojis are often misunderstood

This emoji is meant to represent negative or tense emotions where a person can express nervousness, awkwardness or embarrassment.

However, some believe that it means someone is scared or even cold, and others thought the clenched teeth implied that this emoji was meant to represent anger.

What is your most used emoji? Let us know in the comments.

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