To kick off World Emoji Day, we asked USA TODAY employees what their favorite emoji stories were.
Apparently, love really is in the air.
In honor of World Emoji Day (yes, it’s a thing), the Chinese tech company Baidu released a report spotlighting the most popular little characters used globally on the Facemoji Keyboard app over the past year.
After compiling data from 15 countries including the U.S., Mexico, Thailand and Brazil, and capturing how often the icons were used on apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder and WhatsApp, the tech company unveiled the top 10 on Wednesday.
The results: Three of the top five emoji depict love in one way or another.
The most popular emoji worldwide is the Face with Tears of Joy, followed by Face Blowing a Kiss and Red Heart. Other love-related emoji that were most used are the Smiling Face with Heart Eyes (5th), Flushed Face with blushing cheeks (7th) and the Kiss Mark or red lips (10th).
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The Rolling on the Floor Laughing emoji, the Beaming Face With Smiling Eyes, and the Pensive Face with closed eyes also made the top 10.
The emoji research also revealed some glaring regional differences between which icons people use most. The U.S. is the only nation with the Skull emoji in the top 10. In fact, the icon symbolizing “I’m Dead” doesn’t even make the top 50 in any other country, according to Baidu.
The diamond ring is hugely popular in France, though it doesn’t make any other country’s top 10, and Russia is the only country with any planets in its top 10.
What’s also interesting is that social media platforms tend to have an influence on which emoji people use. While the Face With Tears of Joy is the most popular across all the social networking sites examined, people use the purple heart on Twitter more than on any other app.
On Tinder, people blush more often, and on Facebook’s trio of apps including WhatsApp and Instagram, people blow lots of kisses, Baidu found.
What’s your favorite Emoji? Let Dalvin Brown know on Twitter: @Dalvin_Brown.
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