The reactions with emojis that came to WhatsApp and their meanings
In addition to analyzing certain characteristics of graphics in communication in general, Jones shared some interesting data in relation to the 6 emojis in particular that WhatsApp added to share reactions.
1. Thumbs up: Most people assume that men use this emoji more often, according to a recent survey. Malaysians particularly like the “thumbs up” emoji, using it 5.6% of the time, compared to 1.6% for the global average use of emoji.
two.Happiness tears:This emoji is the most used by users around the world, and it is more likely to be used by women than men. When messaging, Americans and Brits were more likely to use it (>15% of emoji use) than Brazilians (<5%).
3. Hands together/Thanks: “Of the six emojis, this is the one with the most diverse meaning across different cultures. In Indonesia and Japan it is used to express thanks or to say “please”, while in other cultures it is used to express a prayer or to shake hands,” explained Jones. Overall, use of the thanking hands emoji by Brazilians is more than double the average.
4.Surprised: The surprised emoji is flexible depending on the context and can be used as “Wow, that’s amazing!” or “Wow, I’m in shock!”, exemplified the specialist.
Within a sample of Malaysian college students, this emoji was interpreted as shocked (55.7%) rather than surprised (41.4%). In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Gen Z and millennial women use the “surprised” emoji more often than men.
5. Heart: The red heart emoji accounted for about 9% of total emoji usage globally. Overall, French speakers use the heart emoji 4 times more than the average global user
6. Sad face crying: “Women rate this emoji as much more negative than men,” said Jones.
He added: “Women perceive emojis with sad and angry faces in a more negative way than men. It is similar to what happens with facial expression, women are more sensitive to negative and ambiguous emojis like the emoji of sleep. On the other hand, he added that in both the United Kingdom and the United States the sad crying face is frequently used.
On the other hand, he concluded by saying that “the use of emojis increased a lot during the pandemic due to the growth of virtuality.” Emojis are already a new installed language.