Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Trinidad tops world in emoji use

Trinis love their emojis and a new survey has found that we love them more than other countries in the world.

According to Rachel Oaks in an article for High-Speed Internet, Trinidadians love using emojis 50 to 75 percent of the time. 

We are tied with the United States for emoji use.

"While participants from most countries spice up their texts with emojis less than 25% of the time, participants from Trinidad and the US lean heavily on them, using them 51–75% of the time!" she wrote.

Trinis tend to favour the laugh-till-I-cry emoji.

"The UK, the US, Jamaica, and Trinidad share a similar response humour as they’re ROTFLing with their laughing-so-hard-I’m-crying face, but Ireland is a wee crasser in opting for the poop emoji. Australia gets cheeky with the tongue-out winking face, while South Africa keeps things sweet with a kiss and wink. Most participants in Canada say they don’t use emojis, but some Canadians share the love with a heart emoji, same as New Zealand," Oaks wrote.

The article: "Are Emojis Really The Universal Language of the Internet" examines emoji use globally and how different emojis are interpreted.

"After asking participants their favourites, we quizzed them on what each emoji means to them. While Emojipedia, an online source for all things emoji, has specific definitions, our participants saw things differently. For instance, a few poor souls from South Africa, New Zealand, and Canada mistook the poop emoji for chocolate ice cream. We can see how they were easily beguiled by those perfectly swirled, soft-serve curves, but uh . . . yuck."

The study found that when it comes to interpreting emojis, 18-24-year-olds saw the eggplant at a sexual reference while older groups saw it as just an eggplant. 

"If you want to avoid emojis that reference sex in the minds of eighteen- to twenty-four-year-olds, you’ll have to look out for more emojis than just the eggplant. These participants gave salacious meaning to the sweat droplets (which all other age groups referred to as rain) and peach emojis. Meanwhile, twenty-five- to thirty-four-year-olds and forty-five- to fifty-four-year-olds are prudish with blowing kisses, which they were less likely to send to platonic friends and family than other groups," the article said.