Emojis are everywhere these days. If you have a smartphone, you're familiar with them, and even if you don't, you've probably still seen them, on t-shirts from Primark or on the internet. There are literally thousands of Emojis on apps such as WhatsApp and they vary from basic happy/sad faces to icons of animals, flags, food, and much more. There are so many that most people don’t even get round to using them all.
But did you know that there is a social code for emojis? Don’t panic! With +4 years of emoji experience and all types of conversations, I’m going to present some of the most common emoji’s and explain how you should use them in different social occasions.
The blow-kiss emoji is one that I use with my friends the most. Sometimes it is sent in a whole string accompanied with red hearts, depending on your age and gender (girls and young women tend to use it the most.) The blow-kiss says: I care about you, I love you, and in some cases it is used to say thank you. You can also send it to a crush, but its flirt-factor is low, which makes it popular among friends and acquaintances.
The red lipstick mark
This emoji is one of the more seductive ones out there. It is perfect for saying goodnight to your partner or for subtly flirting with a crush. Sending red lips is the equivalent of a kiss on the cheek. You want to be careful with sending it to friends, however, because it is so flirty. If you want to use it, better to send it to close friends only, because it can easily be misinterpreted.
Are you especially happy about something or very proud of yourself? Time to send the grinning emoji. Using it will immediately let someone know how pleased you are. Even though some people interpret it as a grimace, the sole purpose of this emoji is to express happiness.
Of all the crying emojis, this one is the most emotional. It lets the other person know that you are bawling your eyes out over something. Ideal for a dramatic event such as a break up. For less dramatic effect, use the sad face + single tear.
The tongue out + wink
Making a sarcastic remark requires you to send this playful emoji afterwards to let the other person know that you are just kidding. One of the problems of talking online is that you can’t hear the sound of someone else’s voice to understand what they actually mean. Sometimes an emoji like this one can make the difference between a hurtful comment and a joke.
The heart eyes stand for obsession or extreme love of something. Picture 12-year-old girls talking about One Direction or people discussing their favourite foods. Beware with sending it to crushes – you don’t want the guy or girl you like to think you are totally obsessed with them!
This emoji is one of my personal favourites. It works best in a conversation when you’re teasing someone (or plotting the end of the world, mwehehehe) and want to let them know that it is light-hearted. A little bit like the wink/tongue out emoji, but slightly meaner.
It goes without saying that the poop face icon should also be used carefully. This an emoji that is good to send when you’re having a funny conversation with your best friend, or in a group chat. Sending it to your boss, however, will needless to say not do you any good.
Emojis are not just for young people, they are for everyone!! As messages over phones or computers lack the facial expressions that are necessary in face-to-face conversations, these little yellow faces have grown to replace what we would otherwise express with our expressions. There are much more than the ones I have listed above, but hopefully you'll figure those out by yourself.