The Spread of the Emoji
For most of us it’s difficult to imagine our world without the emoji, whether it’s the waving hand, a thumbs up or that very familiar smiley face. You could argue the fact that, quite possibly, they are the world’s first truly global form of communication.
The majority of the emojis are mostly positive and happy and there’s no doubting that, in this digital age, they are helping us become more effective communicators.
They first appeared digitally on mobile phones in Japan in the late 1990s, but they are not entirely new. Abraham Lincoln is believed to be the first ever person to use them as a form of communication!
Here are a few facts that may surprise you:
- Australians have a higher use for the alcohol and vacation-based emoji.
- The French use the love hearts four times more than any other country.
- Russians tend to use more romantic-themed emoji than any other nation.
- Arabic-speaking countries use more flower emoji.
- British favour the beer emoji.
- Canadians favour the poo emoji the most.
- Globally, the most used emoji is the face crying tears of joy.
You don’t have to teach emoji because research has shown that the UK’s average six-year-old child is more capable of using them than a typical 45-year-old!
In January 2017, researchers in the USA analysed over 427 million messages and discovered that the face with tears of joy was the most popular followed by the heart. And in case you wondered, around 6 billion emojis are sent every single day.
Emily, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy