If you have a smartphone, chances are that you use emoji. With the rise of social media and instant messaging apps like Kik and SnapChat, emoji have become a standard and accepted component of text conversations. Currently, as many as 1,851 emoji characters are supported by various platforms and they play an important role in adding context to text conversations.
Keep in mind that the appearance of emoji can vary by platform, as the images are specific to each particular system. These are some of the most common expressions across a number of platforms.
|Tears of joy and happiness||For when something is so funny, you're literally laughing out loud|
|Smiley face||Use to express happiness or joy|
|Smiley face with open mouth||Indicating extreme happiness or joy|
|Smiley face with sunglasses||For when you feel self-confident and cool|
|Winking face||Use to express humor or to indicate that you are joking|
|Relieved face||Showing relief, satisfaction or feeling at ease|
|Pouty face||An expression of anger or rage|
|Blushing face||For when you want to show embarrassment or self-deprecation|
|Smirking face||Offering a sexual suggestion or innuendo|
|Face with halo||An indication of innocence (sometimes sarcastically)|
|Face with horns||For when you are feeling michievious or wicked|
|Face with heart eyes||Use to express feelings of romance, love and affection|
|Smiling face with open mouth and cold sweat||For when you are relieved with happiness or joy|
|Winking face with tongue sticking out||To express a sense of fun or playfulness|
|Savoring delicious food face||For when you are discussing delicious food|
|Suspecting face||Use to express dissatisfaction or suspicion|
|Face with cold sweat||An expression of hard work or great effort|
|Face with tears streaming||For when you are feeling lots of pain or sadness|
|Tired face||Indicating that you are tired, stressed or just fed up|
|Confused face||When you are puzzled by the situation|
|Frustrated face||Use to express anger, annoyance or dissatisfaction|
|Astonished face||For when you are incredibily surprised or shocked|
|Grimacing face||Use to express awkwardness, nervousness, or excitement|
|Disappointed face||For when you are disappointed or confused|
|Hugging face||Used for giving a virtual hug to someone you care about|
|Grinning face with smiling eyes||An expression of extreme happiness|
|Screaming in fear||Use to express feelings of terror or shock|
|Sleeping face||For when you want to be sleeping or are going to sleep|
|Face with rolling eyes||Use to express disdain, contempt or boredom|
|Sleepy face with drool||For when you are feeling sleepy or tired|
|Person with folded hands||Use to show that you are praying or bowing|
|Weary cat face||A fun way to show you feel tired or sleep-deprived|
|Imp||The cheeky devil is used when you say something slightly rude or disrespectful in a funny way|
|Smiling face with horns||When you feel sinister or have the desire to cause trouble|
|Sleuth or spy||For when you are investigating or going to investigate something|
|Throwing a kiss||Blowing a kiss to express love|
|Neutral face||For when you have no comment and are keeping a straight face|
|Tongue sticking out||For when you are just kidding or joking|
|Face with medical mask||When you are sick and what you have is contagious|
|Face with thermometer||For when you feel sick or unwell|
|Nauseated face||For when you are so sick you want to throw up or have already thrown up|
|Dizzy face||Can be used to indicated dizziness or if you are drunk|
|Face with no mouth||Use to indicate you are not saying anything|
|See no evil monkey||For when you are mad that you did not realize something obvious, so you slap yourself on the forehead|
|Splashing sweat symbol||For when you are so hot, you are literally sweating|
|Upside down face||Use to express ambiguity|
|Zipper-mouth face||Use when you have a secret and your lips are sealed|
|Nerd face||For when you are feeling nerdy or like a bookworm|
Put Your Best Face Forward
These emoji faces are a fun and quick way to express yourself over text messages. While there are no hard and fast rules for when to use them, there are a few unwritten rules of emoji etiquette that should be followed.
- Emoji should typically be used to complement words or a conversation, not as a substitute for words.
- Emoji are not universal, so be aware that they can be misinerpreted by the recipient.
- Emoji are indicitive of more casual conversation. If you choose to use emoji in the workplace, keep in mind that less is more. Only use emoji at work when their context and meaning are completely clear.
- When discussing a serious subject, it's probably best to not use emoji at all. For example, in case of a family emergency, use fewer images and more words.
Keep It Personal
If in doubt, choose whether to use emoji and which ones to use based on your personal relationship with the other person in the conversation. But love them or hate them, emojis are here to stay!