To celebrate World Emoji Day this year, we thought it would be fun to compare the most-used emojis of 2020 to those of 2021. Have people changed their emoji-ing ways? Read on to find out…
Most-used emoji icons – a bit of emoji history
There’s no denying that emoji’s have changed the way we communicate. These cute little icons first appeared on Japanese mobile phones in the late 90’s and these days there are new lists of emojis being added to the mix every year. To celebrate World Emoji Day this year, we thought it would be fun to the most-used emoji’s of 2020 to those of 2021. Have people changed their emoji-ing ways? Read on to find out…
Something which started so innocently, a colon and an open bracket and a few x’s for the real love – has now turned into a global language. Every Tom, Dick and Harry has their top most used emoji. The Oxford dictionary itself declared the “Face with tears of joy” emoji as its 2015 Word of the Year – and last time I checked, a crying-laughing face is not a word people!
Emojis have become so big that we honour them with a World Emoji Day – a celebration of all emojis. And why does this special day fall on 17th July? Well, if you look closer at the calendar emoji symbol, what date do you see? Well waddaya know.
But what are emojis actually about?
Emoji’s are so widely used in our digital communications that a WhatsApp message could appear a tad soulless without one – and so we have embraced these little characters and discovered how to use emoji icons to reeeallly show what we’re feeling inside , even if it doesn’t always hit the spot.
The words alone just don’t seem to hack it anymore for you hard-core emojiers. This constantly evolving digital “language” continues to come up with more and more ways to help us express ourselves, whether we’re kind of laughing or whether we’re laughing so hard that we have tears coming out of our eyes.
Granted, they’re not always true to form, but we still all still have our go-to most used emojis. Well we already know what our fave emoji was – thumbs up, duh! But we were curious to know what your guys’ most used emojis were…
Top 5 Most-Used Emoji Icons of 2021
We took to our social media channels to find out which our OJOers’ fave emojis are in 2021, and to see if there had been any emoji-movement in your lives since 2020. Take a look at this year’s top 5 most-used emojis 2021 – has there been much change since 2020?
5. Rolling on the Floor Laughing
Ranking as the 3rd most-used emoji in 2020, this popular emoji choice has now come in as 5th most-used in 2021. A more intense laugh than just your average tear-jerking chuckle (aka ), this emoji actually has you rolling around on the floor because it was just that hilarious. Whether it was that funny or not… is anyone’s guess.
4. Panda Face
A surprising yet welcome new entry to the mix, the Panda face emoji is the 4th most-used emoji among our OJOers in 2021. We can only assume this means you either really love pandas, or that it’s an SOS call for those ghastly circles under your eyes. Either way, Panda – you’re cute.
3. Thumbs Up
Well it’s our fave, but great to know we’re in good company. Rated as the 2nd most-used emoji in 2020, it has been bumped down a place to be the 3rd most-used emoji in 2021. Well, good to see that many of you still need a good ole’ thumbs up – that’s bloomin’ thumbtastic.
2. Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Love is in the air, or the eyes for many of you. Always a winner and voted as your 5th most-used emoji in 2020, this year this lovey dovey heart-eyed beauty ranked as the 2nd most used emoji amongst y’all in 2021. Aaawwww.
1. See-No-Evil Monkey
And the winner is… the See-No-Evil Monkey! This monkey certainly gets around, not that he can see all that much. Making it to the 4th most used emoji in 2020, there’s obviously a lot of stuff to not be seen in 2021 as well! Either that or you’re squeamish as hell. At least monkey can smell the victory.
Happy World Emoji Day to one and all!
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