On the occasion of World Emoji Day, Apple has announced 70 new emojis that are coming to iOS devices later this year. Meanwhile, Tinder, the online dating app has revealed a list of top 8 emojis that Indian users use in their Tinder bios.
It appears that Indian users make use of emojis to communicate their interests, and other aspects of their personality. The use of emojis also shows their allegiance towards pizza and pets. In fact, emojis for cars, pets, pizza and coffee could indicate the likes and dislikes of users, while also suggesting date ideas.
Dr. Sonali Gupta, a leading psychologist believes that emojis are a reflection of the growth of visual communication and how language is evolving in today’s world. “Millennials prefer using emoticons, as it becomes a tool to add substance to their narratives and allows them to provide a context in communication. Emojis naturally bring about a certain comfort. It is no wonder that Emojis find their space even in a Tinder bio where they may become a simple reflection of today’s visual culture, bringing ease and a starting point for conversations. This ease is often perceived positively as someone being approachable or friendly across context,” she said.
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The hands raised and car emojis also seem to get good praise from Tinder users. However, the top spot is taken by the laughing smiley, which could be considered as one of the ways to convey light-hearted banter.
In fact, there are studies that have shown a direct correlation between an individual’s intelligence quotient, and their humor, and there is no better way to do it, than using emoji.
“Emojis are a fascinating aid in the context of providing nonverbal cues to any conversation that exists. When it comes to communicating an emotion, intention or even the seriousness of a matter at hand, Emojis work brilliantly. How the text is used intelligently with the Emoji can say a lot about the person and their personality too,” Sonali added.