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May 08, 2019 13:15:13

Frequently used emojis

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Brandon Wilson

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I have a theory that the emojis you use are indicative of your habits and mood. Maybe you don't use emojis, which is telling in itself. If you do use emojis, take a moment and look at your favorite messaging app to see your "Frequently Used" emoji's. I know iPhones have this feature in the Messages app. I have no idea about Android so you all are on your own. 

One friend of mine pointed out that the "Frequently Used" section includes an emoji he has only used one time the previous day. So, I suppose this area is for both frequent and recent emojis. Nevertheless, the distinction is not important for this exercise.

Take a look at your emojis in this section. Are they mainly objects? Faces and body parts? For the ones tied to emotions, how many represent positive emotions? Negative ones? Reviewing emojis in this way provides a quick "hack" to gauge your emotions over a recent period of time. 

I wonder if there are any studies about emojis. Maybe there would be a bias toward positive emojis since when you are agitated or angry you may not be inclined to use them. 

Are you happy with what you saw? Remember, what you focus on expands. This list of emojis is a small sample of the ideas and thoughts and feelings you have been communicating. Repeat this exercise as frequently as needed to assess your mental/emotional state.

I just had an idea for an app. The app scrapes the emoji data from the Messages app (if apps are allowed to read that data) and then summarizes the data to show you frequency by day and even person. Again Android, you're on your own. I wonder if people would find these data useful?

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    @brandonwilson ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 09, 2019 15:14:56
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    @brandonwilson - Smiley emoji. For my very energized happy self. :)

    Keni avatar Keni | May 08, 2019 18:54:34
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    @brandonwilson I use this ๐Ÿ–•and this ๐Ÿ˜ฎ a lot. Thoughts?

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 08, 2019 16:34:26
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      @Rawhead Why does that not surprise me...

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 08, 2019 18:46:05
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      @brandonwilson mission accomplished ๐Ÿ‘

      Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 08, 2019 22:43:19
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    @brandonwilson I was kind of surprised at the ones I saw in Messages. In the top row, I had the face with the medical mask. I can't imagine I use that one more than the laughing face, kissy face or heart. If I do, then I better start sending my wife some better emojis. She's primarily who I text, so these are likely the ones I've sent to her, haha.

    The top 2 were the flushed face, beaming face, then after the medical mask it was the lightning bolt and the face with hand over the mouth.

    Now if we're talking about Slack at work, I've got slightly smiling, stuck out tongue, checkmark, thumbs up (cycles through flesh tones), wink, disappointed and neutral face as my most frequent.

    So I guess it could be worse. At least it's no poo, vomit face and loudly crying face :P

    Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | May 08, 2019 13:26:54
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      @nicksimard Nice summary. In a couple weeks or a month you can assess again and compare to this list and see whether anything has changed.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 09, 2019 07:26:34
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