Simple emoticons have been around for years, but it’s the rise of smartphones and social media that have really brought them into the mainstream. They’re used everywhere; from text messages to Instagram hashtags to Tweets. However, what each character means is often subject to debate.
Here are some of the commonly accepted meanings of popular emoji:
Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes and Smiling Face are the two most commonly used emoticons. They simply denote happiness or positivity.
If you’re the passive-aggressive type, they may also be used following an insult or criticism to remove some of the sting.
Smiling Face With Sunglasses
Smiling Face With Sunglasses is used to show coolness. Because nothing is cooler than a smiley face wearing a pair of shades!
Winking Face shows that the message was sent with humorous intent. Any message that accompanies a Winking Face should not be taken too seriously. Riiiiiight!!
Kissing Face and Face Throwing A Kiss are all used to show romance or affection. Face Throwing A Kiss is possibly more romantic due to the small red heart. The other can also be used to show innocent whistling.
Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes
Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes shows love, adoration, or gratitude. It can be used towards a person, place, or thing.
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