Thought emoji was the universal language you could always rely on to convey all your feels, emotions, sassy comebacks and food cravings? THINK AGAIN, because it turns out that your whole emoji-based life has been nothing but a lie.
Say for example that you have an iPhone and your best pal has an Android. It turns out that your emoji game between one another will probably be totally messed up, as loads of them look and potentially mean something completely different on each phone.
The GroupLens research team at the University of Miinnesota has been investigating the potential of miscommunicating via emojis between various platforms and phone types, discovering that some of the most popular ones look completely different, and could be taken to mean the opposite of what you intended.
Take the 'grinning face with smiley eyes' for example. It's one of our most commonly used on iPhone and looks a bit like it's gritting its teeth, but on Samsung this one's laughing so hard that it's blushing, while on Google phone it's just smiling in a satisfied kinda way.
VERY DIFFERENT, GUYS. Does this mean we have to actually start using words again?
To reinforce the fact that the emoji world is in turmoil. Group Lens asked users of the different phone types to place different emojis on a scale of negative to positive, and as you can see by the example below, the emoji equivalents vary MASSIVELY.
Well this changes everything.
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