It’s pretty normal these days to have a conversation that consists entirely of emoji. There’s no limit to the ways in which you can communicate through little faces with all manner of expressions, fist pumps, thumbs up, and random emoji of buildings, animals, food and lots more. Our personal favourite, however, has to be the smiling poop. It was only a matter of time then, before people began to study our use of emoji in order to decipher what it might say about us.
Some researchers felt compelled to know what kind of window into your sex life in particular that your use of emoji could give. According to a Match.com Singles in America survey, those who use smiley faces with love heart eyes just might be leading a more exciting life in the bedroom than those who communicate with those old fashioned things, what are they called? Oh yes, words.
As ridiculous as it sounds, the survey, according to Time.com, gathered data from a sample of 5675 singletons and found, quite oddly, that those who frequently use emoji in their texts are likely to be having more sex. More than half of the singles who used emoji revealed that they’d had lots of sex, even monthly, in 2014, compared with 31% of non emoji-using singles who did not.
There’s more to it, though. Apparently, this pattern remains strong for people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. It’s not just the cool kids at play here. As for gender differences? Refinery29 tell us that women were more fans of the basic, happy smiley face and the kissing-lips emoji than our male counterparts. Men, on the other hand favoured the kissing face and heart eyes more than the girls. Now that, we wouldn’t have expected.
The same survey also gave us some insight into the act of sexting and selfies. Women, it turns out, care little for men who send them ‘sexy photos’. We can certainly vouch for the fact that 75% of women polled were more interested in the weather outside than what ever anatomical photos may land in her inbox. What’s more, 65% of women reported a dislike for receiving selfies of any kind at all.
Key take away? Less selfies, more emoji.