While for some people it symbolizes death, 💀, for teens, the skull emoji means dying of laughter. The way people communicate has undergone a huge transformation in the past 20 years due to advances in technology. Of the more than 3,000 emoji in existence, the ten most used worldwide are 😂 ❤️ 🤣 👍 😭 🙏 😘 🥰 😍 😊, according to the Unicode Consortium. EL PAÍS investigated the interpretations given by users of instant messaging services and social networks for these and other popular emojis (eg 🔥 or 👀).
92% of internet users use emojis, according to Unicode. This is the most used in the world: it appears in 5% of all messages containing these symbols. Its popularity has become so great that in 2015 it was the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year. Alejandro Rodríguez Vilayos, 16, uses it when something is very funny. Cristina Villa Delva, Ph.D. in Linguistics, Professor in the Department of Spanish at the University of Valladolid and co-author of the book Emojis in written digital interactionAnd He uses it when joking.
The other alternative is 🤣 , which is a habit He gives a hysterical laugh More intense than 😂 and It comes from the acronym ROFL (“Rolling on the Floor Laughing” in English; or “Rolling on the Floor Laughing” in Spanish).
The only emoji that comes close in terms of popularity is this red heart. They were in 8 out of every 1,000 tweets in 2020. While the heart emoji is popular all year round, its use is up especially in February, coinciding with Valentine’s Day. Ana Isabel Villayos Jimenez, 54, who is Alejandro’s mother, uses this emoji after a conversation with someone she cares about: “It’s like saying I love you.” It is also used to express gratitude and appreciation and is often used with words such as thank you, happy birthday or well, depending on the site. emojipedia.
Hearts of different colors are often used together. Sometimes they share a meaning, but they can have other connotations. purple is Fan favorite of the Korean group BTS. It is also common to see it in Tweets and messages related to feminism. Patricia Ruiz Guevara, 31, usually uses it when she’s talking “about something related to sororities or in an intimate conversation with a friend.”
The yellow heart is usually used with the heart of a sunflower (🌻) and is intended to Make your tweet or message brighter. “A friend read that it’s the color of friendship and we used that heart between us,” says Ruiz.
Blue is the heart Big company Because “brands love to use it.” This is indicated by emojipedia Which stands out is that it usually appears on Twitter next to words like coupon, promotion, or discount.
he White Heart It’s often used in conjunction with the facial emoji (🥺), though it’s not clear why. It also appears alongside words such as angel, good night, peace, and remember, as well as honoring someone who has passed away. “Forever in my heart dad. Rest in peace 🤍”, writes a Twitter user.
You might expect a black heart to appear alongside emojis of a bat (🦇) or chains (⛓️), as indicated by emojipedia. However, its use is similar to that of other colored hearts.
The main reason people use orange heart is Simply place it next to the blue, yellow, purple, green, and red hearts.
The brown heart is the least used and is most often associated with discussions of racial identity, according to emojipedia. It is used with words like blackAnd brownAnd fur And colorIn addition to food and drinks such as Chocolate And coffee.
This emoji can be used as a sign of approval. Eduardo Hermoso Diaz, 83, uses it when he receives something interesting to say he likes it or agrees with the sender. However, in certain contexts, this emoji can be interpreted as aggressive – passive or sarcastic. In fact, Ana de la Morena Rubio, 24, uses it when she doesn’t even want to respond: “It’s like saying ‘OK’ or ‘whatever you say’.”
“You’re in this shirt.” The teenager Rodriguez explains with this example the meaning of llama, which can mean “passionate or to be good.” But this fire does not mean the same thing for all people. “Emojis are by their very nature polysemantic and their meanings change a lot depending on the age group that uses them or the speech community that uses them,” explains linguist Villa. Whereas for Flaius, the mother of a teenager, llama means “it’s on fire,” the octogenarian Hermoso uses it when “it’s too hot.”
The dead laugh. This is how many young people use skull emoji on social networks. “It comes from giving us claw (Shame) The symbol of laughter and our mood is death,” Cecilia Sacristan Hidalgo, 19, explained in this dictionary for young people’s understanding. But if Hermoso received this emoji, he would think it meant “something related to death.”
“I’m watching you”. That’s what these eyes mean to De La Morena. Alternatively, there are those who use it before posting a picture of an attractive person on the Internet. This is another example of how emoji can have different meanings depending on the context. While for Flayos it means to be ojiplático, Hermoso uses it with another connotation: “When they send me a picture or a beautiful landscape, I find many eyes as if I had seen it and it is beautiful”.
Separately, it is an emoji of a right-pointing index finger and a left-pointing hand. But when they put Together the meaning changes. Rodríguez explains that 👉👈 “is literally used to say ‘uwu,’ which is used to refer to someone you love or have a close friendship with.” What does “uwu” mean? The Royal Spanish Academy explains that this sequence of characters is used to express happiness or tenderness. On the other hand, Villa uses “these little hands to point, especially parts of the text”.
While Velayos uses this emoji before a sad event to express his sadness, Vela uses it to indicate that he has messed up or that something is making him very angry. In addition to unbearable pain, this face can also convey other strong emotions, such as uncontrollable laughter, pride, or overwhelming joy.
“When I talk about people who have died or are sick and I hope they will get better, I raise my hand as if they were praying,” says Hermoso. On the other hand, Fila uses them to ask for something to please and points out that this emoji originally referred to hands colliding. In addition, it can represent a respectful greeting or display of worship in many Southeast Asian religions and cultures, such as Hinduism or Buddhism.
Hermoso usually sends a red heart emoji ( ) to his wife and daughters. “If I write to friends or people I know or are related to, I use people with little hearts like 😘, 🥰, or 😍,” he adds. These emojis tend to convey feelings of love and affection in general. There are thousands of examples on Twitter. “If he doesn’t look at you like Bradley Cooper looks at Lady Gaga, that’s not all 😍” User tweets With a video for both artists.
“This is the modern version of :-), so for me it’s the emoji par excellence, because I’m older for some reason,” Villa laughs. He uses it to “mark a positive statement or show joy”. Some people react to emojis that evoke cute emotional states in a similar way to human faces, according to research published in Biological Psychology.
“An inverted face would indicate irony or indicate that the idea being conveyed by a message is too crazy or has left us upside down. This has turned our brains,” Villa assures. Instead, Rodriguez uses it to express sarcasm. Example? “Of course I love him 🙃.” This is one of my meanings emojipediaAnd According to this emoji can also refer to sarcasm, banter, or the idea of foolishness or foolishness.
“I use these sparkles or stars to give messages a festive air or just to decorate,” says Villa. De la Morena uses it at the end of a sentence, “to give it a little more depth” and Rodriguez to say that something shines. “With this dress ✨,” she confirms. They can also express positive emotions, such as love, happiness, beauty, and gratitude.
This emoji “gives to a treaty.” Confirmed by Fila who witnessed how they are used as well as their droppings, Like chocolate ice cream. “At first, it was strange in the West because it doesn’t have the same meaning here as it does in Japanese culture, which is where most emoji references are taken and where it denotes good luck,” he says. In Spain, there are also those who use it to say that “something is bad”. “I think I’m going to miss the train,” says de la Morena.
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