Friends, family, and colleagues prefer texting as their method of communicating. Likewise, texting has evolved with the use of emojis due to the evolvement of technology. However, the meanings of emojis have become subjective over time. Moreover, each emoji has a different meaning to different age groups and societies.

Accordingly, Real Research — the online survey app, launched a survey on emoji as a new language to communicate. In detail, it asks ‘do you think emojis help in expressing emotions better?’. Also, it focused on the most used emoji as per the respondents. In addition, respondents also share their views on the excessive use of emojis. Here are the results.


  • 9.62% do not use emojis at all
  • Respondents use emojis during a conversation to not sound rude
  • 24.04% think excessive use of emojis is childish

14.99% Use Emojis on Facebook and 3.85% Use Them Mostly on TikTok

To begin, the survey asks respondents if they use emojis in text messages or messenger apps. In response, 66.31% say they use a lot of emojis, 17.70% say they use emojis sometimes, 9.62% say they don’t use emojis at all, and 6.38% say they rarely use emojis.

Additionally, the survey asks which platform they mostly use for emojis. In reply, 55.55% say Whatsapp, and 14.99% say Facebook. Meanwhile, 8.73% say Instagram, 4.76% say YouTube, and 3.85% say TikTok.

Figure 1: Respondents use emojis on different social media platforms

Moreover, respondents share if they use emoji only to reply. To highlight, 54.32% say ‘yes’ as it saves a lot of time. Likewise, 11.60% say ‘yes’ as it is the best way to reply when in no mood to talk. Next, 10.70% say they only use emojis with their friends and 8.05% say they try to add emojis so they don’t sound very rude. Lastly, 5.06% say they use emojis when they don’t know what else to say.

19.75% Find It Easier To Express Emotions With Emojis

Moving on, the survey inquires if respondents can share emotions better with emojis. On this, 49.14% say emojis have expressions they don’t have words for while 19.75% say they find it easier to express their emotions with emojis. Meanwhile, 7.73% say emojis make it easy to have hard conversations and 4.40% said they struggle with texting and emojis make it easier.

Figure 2: According to some respondents, conversations will be dull without emojis

Another question asks respondents what will happen to conversations if we stop using emojis? To this, 49.42% say conversations will become dull, 21.52% say conversations will look boring, and 7.65% say they will be awkward. Likewise, 5.80% say new generations won’t know how to communicate and 5.58% are of the view that emojis are misleading.

43.84% Find Excessive Use of Emojis To Be Pretty Annoying

Furthermore, the following question asks what respondents think of people who use excessive emojis? In response, 43.84% say they find it annoying, 24.04% say they find it childish, and 8.94% say emojis are not good for communication. Lastly, 6.49% say they feel they are very lazy and 4.20% feel emojis lack affection.

Moreover, the next question asks which emoji do the respondents use most? To which, 39.10% say ‘rolling on the floor laughing’, 19.60% say ‘smiling with hearts’, and 12% chose ‘red heart’. Also, 9.60% chose ‘thumbs-up’ while 4.80% chose ‘loudly crying face’.

Figure 3: Around 20% use more than 5 emojis in one text

Lastly, the survey asked how many emojis do respondents prefer to see in a line of text? Here, 40.03% said only emojis while 19.87% said above 5 emojis. Adding on, 13.37% said only 1 or 0 emojis while 10.67% said between 3-4 emojis.


Survey TitleSurvey on Emoji as a New Language To Communicate
DurationMarch 03 – March 10, 2022
Number of Participants40,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.