Emojis have become a part of everyday interaction, whether you’re messaging or posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and new research reveals how singles use emojis and just what the top flirting ones are.
In a survey of UK singles it was found that 94% of people use emojis to flirt, and the specific ones chose can provide insight into what singles want from a relationship.
So if you’re struggling to find out whether the person you’re dating wants something more from the relationship or not, just look to their emojis for answers.
The survey from SpeedDater found that 43% of single ladies and 37% of single men will pick the ‘blowing kisses’ emoji to flirt with a potential partner.
Another popular one is the heart eyes emoji, with it being the optimum choice for 19% of flirty singles.
According to dating expert Danielle Waller, the little yellow faces are now dominating the way singles interact. She says: “In dating situations, we take so many emotional cues from the face of our potential partner. However, body language is now just part of a much bigger, broader ongoing conversation with factors like technological communication helping us decipher the real meaning of what our date is saying.”
The study also provides insights into casual dating, with SpeedDater revealing that the Inbetweeners boys were right when they said ‘the winky face is cheeky’ as 29% of singles use a winky face to signify they are only after a casual fling. Then there is the dreaded emoji that no one wants to receive – a smiley face. As 42% of singles will use a smiley face to show that they just want to be friends.
Miss Waller comments further: “Emoji’s have most definitely infiltrated the way we date and it is interesting to see that single men and women use emojis in a very similar way. However, it’s important to understand that emojis are enormously simplified and we shouldn’t rely on them to communicate our emotions in the dating game.”
Top flirting tips for using emojis:
- Don’t use the cat emoji, only 2% of singles use them to flirt
- Reserve the food emojis for your mates. Pizza, burger and aubergine aren’t popular emojis if you are talking to the opposite sex and 10% use them to friend zone
- And steer clear of the little laughing monkey, when talking to your crush, only 2% of single use it flirt