Emoji might just be the best thing to happen to the human language. Using tiny cutesy graphics, we are regularly communicating our feelings with our peers, in ways that could easily be compared to the hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt. Except instead of telling grand stories, we send each other poop.
And according to a new report from SwiftKey, the company behind Apple's keyboard designs, Canada are the country most guilty of excessive poop-emoji use. The company have collected over a billion pieces of data to find out emoji trends across the globe, and this little fact is just one of the highlights. Canada, hang your filthy heads in shame.
According to the results, the most frequently used emoji are happy faces, proving that even a whole keyboard of different genres can't keep us away from the classics. Close contenders for second place are the use of sad faces and hearts.
The report also has a bunch of interesting facts about the common emoji use from other countries:
- The French use four times as many heart emoji than other languages, and it’s the only language for which a ‘smiley’ is not #1
- Arabic speakers use flowers and plants emoji 4X more than average
- Russian speakers are the biggest romantics, using three times as much romance-themed emoji than the average
- Australia is the land of vices and indulgence according to the emoji data, using double the average amount of alcohol-themed emoji, 65% more drug emoji than average and leading for both junk food and holiday emoji
- Judging by their use of emoji, Americans are the most LGBT, using these emojis more than others
But it seems that no matter where you go, there's apparently a running trend in all languages; in which four certain otherwise harmless emoji are utilised in ways that are downright RUDE.
Yeah, you can probably figure out the, ahem, more common uses of these four. Also, CANADA. We need to have a talk about appropriate discourse in the workplace.
The entire report is very interesting, and of course, the first of its kind. You can read it in full on SwiftKey's site. Warning though: you'll never look at an eggplant the same way again.