The Unicode consortium has joined the rush of this year’s review with an entertaining list of the most commonly used emoticons in 2021. The consortium found that the smiley / emotion category was the most commonly used. His report divides the nine categories of emoticons into the most common and least used.
Over 5 percent of all emoji stickers used this year were 😂 (Tears of Joy), while emoji ❤️ (Heart) was in second place.
Here are the top 10 based on popularity: 😂 ❤️ 🤣 👍 😭 🙏 😘 🥰 😍 😊.
By comparison, the 10 best emoji thumbnails in 2019 based on popularity are: 😂 ❤️ 😍 🤣 😊 🙏 💕 😭 😘 👍
“2% of the world’s Internet population uses emoticons – but which emoticons do we use?” Well, the reports of Tears of Joy’s death seem to be greatly exaggerated 😂. According to data collected by the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization responsible for digitizing world languages, Tears of Joy accounts for more than 5% of all emoticon uses (the only other sign that is close is ❤️ and there is a steep cliff after that). The first ten emoticons used around the world are 😂 ❤️ 🤣 👍 😭 🙏 😘 🥰 😍 ”.”
The report also states that the first 100 emojis make up 82 percent of all emojis used. The consortium says the most commonly used emojis from other categories are those that represent multiple concepts:
- 🚀 Rocket ship symbolized progress and the potential anticipation of significant change. It can be found in the Transport-Air category.
- 💪 Flexed biceps ranked at the top of the charts as the most commonly used emoji in the body parts category, excluding hands. It symbolizes strength, success, overcoming a fight, exercising, flaunting, bragging, or rolling up your sleeves to get vaccinated.
- 💐 A bouquet of flowering plants found use because of its versatility in all occasions: congratulations, celebrations and connections of many variants, whether platonic or romantic.
- 🦋 Butterfly is the most common animal emoji (found in the Animal-Bug subcategory) that represents change, beauty, nature, and transformation.
- 🤸 A person who makes a wheel is the most popular emoji person for sports that indicates happiness and joy.
As for the category of emoticons that are the least used – you guessed it – Flags.
“The least popular category? Flags. Least popular subcategory? National flags. They represent the largest collection (258 emoticons!), But are the least used. The mammalian animal is the next largest subcategory (53 emojis!). Given that the new emoji symbols must show that they are not overly specific and that they must break new ground, this suggests that animal emojis are at a saturation level. “
Another interesting observation is that, despite increased use during the pandemic, only emoticons 🥵 and 🥴 managed to enter the top 100 in 2021. 😷 climbed from 186th rank to 156th while 🦠 entered the top 500 on the skin of teeth.
All of this data is cool, but the Unicode consortium explains that it collects data to focus its efforts on the right categories. The report also serves as a reminder to read the Unicode guidelines for those interested in submitting proposals for new emoticons.
What was your most used or favorite emoji this year? Leave it in the comments section below!
[Via Unicode Consortium]
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