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June 17, 2019,   1:14 PM

What’s Your Favorite Emoji?

Fouzia Azzab

Arabic editor- Forbes Middle East FULL BIO


Are you a daily emoji user? You’re not the only one. Emojis now have their own day—July 17—and are used by more than 90% of internet users, with more international emoticons added every year. 

Emoji is a Japanese word that can be translated into “smiling faces” in Arabic or ““picture characters” in English. They appeared for the first time in 1999, and can replace words in many situations reflecting a wide array of emotions.

A study by Brandwatch showed that the happy face with tears of laughter emoji was the most used last year, followed by the heart emoji and the happy face with the heart eyes.

The study introduced the most used emojis on social media. Today, there are more than 2,666 emoticons in use approved by Unicode Consortium—the organization responsible for managing emojis. 

The red heart emoji was sent 900 million times per day on Facebook last year—twice as much as it was sent in 2017, making it the most used emoji on Facebook. However, the face with tears of joy emoji is the most used on Twitter, and the most used among women.

Emojis receive a lot of attention. According to Unicode Consortium, there are almost 6,000 articles written about emojis on Google.

Here are some of the most used emojis included in the list.

The happy face with tears of joy

Much easier than typing “ha ha” or “lol”, this was reportedly the most used emoji in the US and the world in 2017.

The red heart

One of the most used emojis on WhatsApp, this was used an average of 241 million times across the world.

The touching hands

It is commonly thought that the touching hands emoji expresses the word “please” and is used when asking something from someone. However, the real use of this emoji is in prayer.

Blushing face

This expresses the shy emotions of the sender.

The face with heart eyes

You might use this emoji to show your love for something; a product or a blog post that you want to share on social media.

The unamused face

This is commonly used to express dissatisfaction, disapproval and of being unimpressed.

The eyes

Instead of saying “look at that”, the eyes emoji is an easy and funny way to focus attention on a certain link or a picture that you want to share.

The thinking face

This can be used to express doubt or shown that you are considering something.

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