Crossword-Solver has prepared an extensive report that lists the most popular emoji from around the world. A face with tears of joy is the most popular emoji in the world (it is number one in 75 countries) on Twitter, followed by a red heart.
A face with tears of joy is used almost 19 percent. more often than the second-placed red heart. Images with smileys, as well as images of objects, animals, activities, etc. are now an integral part of digital communication, allowing for the simplification of the message and expression of emotions that are difficult to convey in short written content. Pictograms have been around for over two decades, but they didn’t gain popularity until 2010 when they were introduced to Android and iOS mobile devices.
The world is dominated by a crying smiley face and a red heart. In Poland, the flag of Ukraine.
In countries where a face with tears of joy or a red heart is not the number one, flags are usually the most popular – which is clearly visible in Europe. On our continent, as many as 19 out of 51 countries tweet the country’s flag more often than any other emoji. However, Poland is the only country that does not tweet its colors, and instead transmits the Ukrainian flag most often. The study was conducted in the period that coincided with the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, so the reason for this is clear. In addition to flags, in Europe, the most popular is the red heart (18 countries) and the faces with tears of joy (14). According to CNN, however, the smiling face is less and less used by Gen Z, which prefer pictures with skulls or coffins.
You should also bear in mind that while most emojis are universal, not all pictures have the same meaning in different parts of the world. While the thumb-up symbol can be a sign of approval in Western culture, it has traditionally been interpreted as vulgar and even offensive in Greece and the Middle East. In China, the angel emoji, which in the West can signify innocence or a good deed, is used as a sign of death and can be viewed as a threat. Clapping, which is used in the West to show praise or congratulations, is a symbol of making love in China.
The popularity of emoji is likely to only grow as the world becomes more and more digitally connected. WhatsApp, Meta’s messaging platform, recently introduced emoji responses in the latest version of its app, and the Android 13 beta 2 just released by Google features Emoji Kitchen enhancements.