Tatiana Ayazo /RD.comLet’s face it—emojis are worth a thousand words. They are most tech users’ favorite mode of digital expression, after all. There’s even a scientific reason why we love emojis so much. And we don’t play favorites, either; we use one (or ten!) of the 1,800 options when we’re sad, happy, angry, annoyed, or just plain confused. (Although you might want to think twice using an emoji in a work email.)
But according to Apple, there is one emoji that rises above the rest. Their comprehensive list of the most popular emoticons was drawn from anonymously collected user data. Apple uses these insights—which mainly document iPhone usage and potential problems—to help tailor its user-based keyboard suggestions.
Tatiana Ayazo /RD.comThe most popular emoji amongst U.S. English speakers is officially called the “Face With Tears of Joy,” though most of us know it as the “laugh/cry” emoji, according to the report. Coming in second place, the red heart trailed well behind the laugh/cry emoji, while the “loudly crying” expression received the No. 3 spot. These are the meanings of the weird emojis that have always confused you.
This isn’t the first time the laugh/cry emoji has gained its due recognition. In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries named the “Face With Tears of Joy” the word of the year. While it was the first time a “pictograph” had been selected as a “word,” they believed this emoticon came with an important message.
“There were other strong contenders from a range of fields… but the [laugh/cry emoji] was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015,” the company wrote. It’s safe to say that feeling has continued in 2017, too.
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