Many of the emoji users in the world would protest when millennials and those who belong in the Gen Z in the United States do not regard the “laughing” emoji 😂 as cool, a new study said.
Adobe (ADBE) researchers who polled 7, 000 users nationwide, as well as from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, South Korea, and Japan, declared that the “laughing out loud” emoji was the most popular in the world.
Following the “laughing” emoji, the “thumbs up” 👍 emoji became the second most famous, then the “red heart” ❤️ emoji.
Also included among the top five are the “wink and kiss” 😘 emoji and the “sad face with a tear” 😢 emoji.
The results of ADBE’s Global Emoji Trend Report this year were announced on Thursday before Saturday’s celebration of World Emoji Day.
TikTok users surely approve of the “laugh out loud” 😂 emoji. Gen Zers, however, said the emoji was so common.
“I use everything but the laughing emoji,” Walid Mohammed, 21, shared to CNN Business. “I stopped using it a while back because I saw older people using it, like my mom, my older siblings and just older people in general.”
The software’s 2021 report also looked at the top misunderstood emojis, which included in the top three the “eggplant” 🍆, the “peach” 🍑 and the “clown” 🤡 emojis.
Ninety percent of the emoji users said that writing in this modern era aids them in self-expression.
Meanwhile, 80 percent said that emojis help ease communication barriers and 67 percent said one sounds friendlier and cooler when he or she uses emojis than those who do not.
There were also some of the respondents that said emojis make them more comfortable in opening up to someone rather than talking to them face to face. Some 55 percent, meanwhile, said emojis have helped them in the improvement of their mental health.
“I am encouraged by this particular statistic,” Paul D. Hunt, Adobe typeface designer and font developer, said in a blog. “Emoji sometimes get criticized for being overly saccharine, but this sweetness is key when it comes to diffusing some of the heaviness of online communication.”