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Emojis: Do you know what they mean?

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    Hey everyone,

    I came across an interesting piece of research looking into how people interpret emoji. They found that because emoji tend to look different on different devices/platforms (like in the picture above), there's a lot of room for mis-communication: you might want to express one emotion, but whoever you're talking to understands something totally different!

    Here's an example they give using the 'grin' emoji, and how positively or negatively people interpret it:





    Even more interestingly, they also found that a lot of people interpret the same emoji in different ways (especially that Apple grin)

    You can read the full summary here.


    Have you ever experienced this, where you've used an emoji and someone's taken it to mean something different to what you meant?
    Are there other ways to express how we're feeling?

    - James
    Critics build nothing.

  • #2
    It is really incredible at how different one emoji is on different types of devices. I tend to use emoji's but i use GIF's more to express how i am feeling.

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    • #3
      im sorry but the microsoft grin is actually terrifying.

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      • #4
        There's this emoji, I always used to think it was someone with their hands praying, and I realised recently it's actually meant to be people high-fiving 😂😂 idk whether that looks different on different platforms lol
        SUCCESS is not final, FAILURE is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Aidan View Post
          There's this emoji, I always used to think it was someone with their hands praying, and I realised recently it's actually meant to be people high-fiving 😂😂 idk whether that looks different on different platforms lol
          Oh wow!!! I never even thought of it like that😂😂
          "Truely independent person who doesn't do quotes, just dates".. (29.04.17)

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          • #6
            Luckily everyone in my circle sees apple emojis which is what 99% of anything aside from the above array of services uses (eg discord) ahaha.

            I think it's funny how even aside emojis can be interpreted differently. For example:
            : ) and c:
            two smiley faces but they "feel" different.

            my personal bane of existance is this face:
            x3

            From what i understand "x3" is a combo of ":3" and "xD" so its like a super happy smile i guess? but i always see "x3" as mega passive aggressive lmao (this specific one is the bane of my existance because an old friend used to use it all the time, and no matter if knew they had good intentions i just could not shake the aggressive vibe it gave me LOL)

            I think that over time you sync the meaning of emojis around your frieng group/other groups-
            Like for example this one: (the thinking emoji)
            As i'm going off the apple version of this which looks like it's very suspicious, the thinking emoji to me always conveys a sarcastic "HMMMMM" like you're pointing out something obvious, which i got from like two big chat groups who used the thinking emoji like that constantly because i always talked in those groups. It's funny when i talk to people who didn't pick up that meaning and they use it in a different way and i just take 2 secs like "oh yeah its actually used to convey non sarcastic things with these people" haha.
            Why didn't you just shout i'm lonely and i'm looking for a place to go ~ Where everything's an embrace and everybody wants to know

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