SwiftKey, the Android and iOS keyboard app creator encompassing approximately 250 million device users worldwide, released a survey concerning just how much Americans use particular emojis, and which emojis are used most frequently in which state. The nationwide survey was conducted via their SwiftKey Cloud syncing app.
The results of the study rely on extensive data. It seems that approximately one billion emoji use instances were studied nationwide in the process.
For instance, the SwiftKey Cloud service analysis revealed that California iOS and Android enthusiasts used the taxi emoji quite often, New Jersey used the sad emoji, whereas Washington’s most popular emoji was the wine one.
Moreover, New Yorkers make use of emojis involving parties, but also, first and foremost, the Statue of Liberty one. California residents are fans of people and LGBT emoji patterns. Furthermore, Nebraska uses the snail, and Kentucky the barber pole. Delawareans use the football one, while Pennsylvania residents prefer the cherry.
While Nevada likes the eggplant emoji, Ohio’s most popular and frequently used emojis are the ones related to violence and drug use, while the emojis portraying flowers and insects are less used over there.
Swiftkey will also release an interactive map for its general users that will reflect which US state uses which emojis the most, while another feature will be the “top emoji” which will reveal which emoji is the most used by a particular emoji enthusiast.
However, Swiftkey’s interactive map does not reveal why some states are obsessed with some emojis more than others, for instance, Florida’s extensive use of the trumpet, or Connecticut’s obsession with the koala one.
Moreover, the “signature emoji” feature, which is now in its beta stage, will reflect how many times a particular emoji has been used by a particular user more than other people.
So it seems that sometimes tiny faces and symbols are indeed able to transmit an impression, or, to be more precise, an emotion even more than words are.
All in all, these emojis function as a very expressive language. And, as languages are divided into particular dialects, so are the different US states’ emoji preferences.
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