September 17, 2021

The tears of joy emoji is not dead after all – it’s the UK’s favourite emoji, according to new research

The tears of joy emoji is NOT cancelled as Brits reveal their emoji do’s and don’ts 

  • Two thirds of Brits believe that three or more emojis in a single message is too many 

  • The tears of joy emoji is not dead after all, as it’s crowned the nation’s favourite in new research 

  • The hugging emoji has been revealed as the least favourite 

 The hugging face, winking and flexed bicep have all been named among some of the country’s least favourite emojis, according to new research1 by online smartphone retailer, e2save.  

With emoji use at an all-time high2findings reveal what people really think when it comes to receiving messages featuring emojis, with more than two thirds (68%) saying that using more than three emojis in a single message is overdoing it. 

When it comes to the nation’s favourite emojis, e2save revealed the tears of joy face (😂) came out on topeven though it was labelled as being ‘cancelled’ by some Gen Z’s earlier this year3.  

Despite this, and the fact that 18–24-year-olds (Gen Z) are now interpreting commonly used emojis to have different meanings compared to others4, the tears of joy face (😂) was still ranked highest by this generation, with (44%) marking it as their favourite 

Interestingly, it was also ranked highest across all other age ranges, highlighting an alignment between generations in choosing their favourite instant messaging image. 

The simple red heart (❤️) and the smiling face with heart eyes (😍) were ranked the second and third most popular emoji respectively. Whilst people may interpret emojis in different ways, it’s safe to say that these three all align with happiness, love and laughter. 

The top 10 emojis according to e2save’s research are:  

1. Face of tears of joy (😂) 
2. Red heart (❤️) 
3. Smiling face with heart eyes (😍) 
4. Smiling face with smiling eyes (😊) 
5. Rolling on the floor laughing (🤣) 
6. Thumbs up sign (👍) 
7. Person with folded hands (🙏) 
8. Face throwing a kiss (😘) 
9. Two hearts (💕) 
10. Loudly crying face (😭) 

Whilst the top 10 emojis very much radiate positivity, some commonly used classics ranked among texters least favourite emojis. The hugging face (🤗) was ranked as the least favourite by more than half (54%) of those surveyed, whilst the ok hand sign (👌) is seen as the second worst, with 45% of respondents thinking this. Flexed biceps (💪) is also down the rankings, with 81% of Brits having it in their bottom five.  

For those on the dating scene, it’s worth noting that women don’t respond well to the OK sign emoji (👌) with female Brits ranking this icon as their least favourite on average. By contrast, men feel the same about the hugging face (🤗), so be sure to keep this in mind when managing your dating app bios. 

The newest emojis are expected to be released in September 20214, and with a strong list of contenders, such as more inclusive handshakes and pregnancy options, a melting emoji and one with its eyes welling up, it’s safe to say that the emoji landscape is set to change again. 

 
Andrew Cartledge, mobile expert at e2save, commented: It seems that emojis can make or break a message for many Brits, but with so many different interpretations of the images it’s difficult to know who prefers what. Our research provides some insight into what’s ‘cool’ and what’s not-so-cool when it comes to emoji use within messages, and with more than 3,500 available to use5, it won’t be so difficult to find an alternative. 

It’s fantastic to see that more inclusive emojis are being released each year. It’s so important that people are able to see representation of themselves on social platforms and providing people with more inclusive emoji options is a step in the right direction. We expect to see such emojis swiftly become popular on social platforms and look forward to seeing how the language of emojis develops further. 

To read more about the UK’s favourite emojis, and to test your emoji knowledge, visit https://www.e2save.com/community/language-of-emoji/