Emoji are used by 92% of the online population in the world, and billions of emoji are used every day to express love, gratitude, and congratulations, and to retain instant thoughts and emotions.
As an ideographic symbol, emoji can transcend nationality and cultural exchanges, and is also compatible with most computer systems. This is mainly due to the inclusion of Unicode in the encoding in 2010. Now there are more than 3,600 emojis included, and which ones are the most popular ?
Recently, the non-profit organization Unicode Consortium has listed the “Most Used Emojis in 2021” list. The size of each emoji in the first picture shows the relative popularity. “Laughing and crying😂” ranked first with absolute advantage, accounting for more than 5% of the total usage times. The expression of unknown meaning seems to be suitable for all familiar and unfamiliar situations, expressing all emotions between crying and laughing.
The following is a list of the top ten emojis in 2021:
▲ 2021 top ten (positive order).
At first glance and the top ten in 2019, the repeat rate is extremely high. Generally speaking, the top ten emojis are due to richer expressions. According to statistics, facial and hand emojis are particularly likely to appear in the top 100 or 200.
▲ 2019 top ten (positive order).
In addition to the stable players who dominate the rankings all the year round, there are also dark horses that are making rapid progress. Compared with 2019, “Prayers 🥺” jumped from 97 to 14, “Cake🎂” rose from 113 to 25, and “Balloon🎈” rose from 139 to 48.
Since the outbreak, health-related emojis have been used more frequently, but their performance has not been outstanding. Two expressions of “bad face 🥵🥴” entered the top 100 in 2021, “wearing a mask 😷” ranked 156, and the unpleasant “virus 🦠” just entered the top 500. Surprisingly, the lucky symbol “four-leaf clover 🍀” fell out of the top 100, perhaps because people who have experienced the epidemic generally do not believe in good luck.
At the same time, the Unicode Consortium counts the leaders in the same subcategory.
The flying rocket symbolizes progress and the expectation of major changes; the biceps is the most popular body part emoji, often used to express strength, success, show off or roll up sleeves for vaccination; bouquets are suitable for congratulatory occasions and romantic relationships, and dominate the plant category Status; butterfly is the most common animal emoji, representing change, beauty and nature; side somersault may not be the most popular sport, and it is not necessary to do exercises, but it is often used to show the joy of sports.
Some netizens once suggested adding doge to emoji, but due to copyright issues, this may be difficult to achieve. So we can’t see the familiar dog head in the “animals and nature category” now.
Emotional emojis are overwhelmingly popular, and other emotional emojis, such as dizziness, irritation, and bombs, are more commonplace.
The above emoji is just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the more than 3,600 emojis are neither completely popular nor completely cold. The least popular category is “flags”, with 258 emojis but the lowest usage rate.
These data inspired the Unicode Consortium, which may encode fewer specific emojis in the future, and focus more on communication symbols that are globally relevant and can be used multiple times. They are also looking forward to breaking new ground and being troubled by the question “Do we have too many emojis of the same type”. Although the world is full of unlimited creativity and diversity, the top 100 emojis account for approximately 82% of the total usage.
And what is the emoji most commonly used by readers?
(This article is authorized to reprint by Ai Faner; the source of the first image: Unicode Consortium)
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