Brace yourselves for another onslaught of weird and wonderful emojis: as of 31 December 2021, the global market for emoji will be worth £160m. So it’s no surprise that, just over a year in advance of their annual re-design by the Unicode Consortium (the emoji-based organisation which translates and customises emojis for use on mobile and computing systems) the organisation has announced what the most popular emojis to start with – is a more formal, if slightly confusing affair, as one might expect.
Emojipedia has been busy since the re-design, releasing a monthly infographic of different emojis, their usage, and just what they mean.
The website ran a poll of people around the world to find out the most popular emojis, how often they are used, and how long people think they look like the standard emoji (the default character is square, but characters can be more asymmetrical, or different in colour or design).
So while the most used emojis were confirmed, as expected, the infographic also included some very interesting insights.
1. The most popular emoji in Africa, according to the survey, is the “Barista” – also known as the Coffee Eraser Emoji. The user, in the survey, was described as: “Lads in sunglasses with splayed arms, grizzled whiskers, driving a motorbike.” So maybe this drink chain is really popular in this part of the world?
2. Although the Pew Research Center’s 2015 survey found that people in the US prefer emojis to proper symbols like the circle, the “sliced bread” emoji has grown in popularity in recent years. That is perhaps unsurprising, given that sliced bread is the product’s most popular cheese product, according to the National Cheese Board.
3. The British are more fond of the smiley face, with the white heart, food, pizza and beer being the most popular emojis. But America prefers four emojis to one – the thumbs up, the bow, the bottle, and the safety helmet.
4. The hula hoop emoji is one of the most popular in Asia and New Zealand, but not as popular in America.
5. The smiley face was the most popular emojis – hence its inclusion in the list of most popular emojis, ahead of fruits, pigeons, birds, dogs, cats, and cowbells. The “New Zealand” option comes with a question mark, a pair of ears, and the word “Foru” followed by the number four.
The world is about to be introduced to an entirely new class of emoji – that of the plant flower. The emblem on the front of the world is called The Vegetable Flower.
6. The Dips are most popular in the UK (it would be pretty irritating if you have short hair and a hat, then someone texts your friend saying that’s what you look like now), as are the knitted skull and crossbones.
The number two is a baby lamb, right below the One Life to Live icon (remember to update your code if you like your plugs colour grey, cos that is what they look like).
7. The number three emojis in the US are a bottle of beer, a pair of sunglasses and the virtual shoulder shrug.
8. Bikini clad bikini women is the number one most popular female choice.
9. Pants are the number one male choice in the US.
10. Earmuffs are the number one emoji of the six: the dark one is “douchebag”… but then again, that’s what you look like if you are brooding inside.
While the pork pie has the number two most popular female option, unlike in the UK, her choices are: weirdly, lipstick or a wine bottle and a baked potato.
And the number one male option is, to be fair, a frying pan.
The number two most popular in Europe is also a toaster (well, or bread?), with a sandwich in the number four position, and the sex symbol option at number two and the number two man emoji in the top five.
Read more at emojipedia.com.