Apple says ‘Face With Tears of Joy’ is the most popular emoji in America

“Apple has revealed that ‘face with tears of joy’ is the most popular emoji among English speakers in the United States,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“The face topped Apple’s list of the top 10 emoji, ahead of a red heart, loudly crying face, heart eyes face, face throwing a kiss, face with rolling eyes, skull, smiling face with smiling eyes, weary face, and thinking face,” Rossignol reports. “Apple’s chart isn’t labeled, much to the disappointment of anyone who was desperately seeking emoji statistics.”

Rossignol reports, “Apple shared the chart in a recently published overview of its differential privacy technology on macOS Sierra and iOS 10 and later, which allows the company to collect and aggregate anonymized data from a large number of users while preserving the privacy of individual users.”

Apple says 'Face With Tears of Joy' is the most popular emoji in America
Apple says ‘Face With Tears of Joy’ is the most popular emoji in America

Read more about Apple’s cuting-edge differential privacy in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We would have thought the Wink emoji would have made the Top 10, at least. And, where the heck is Smirk?

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  1. If 😂 supposed to mean “Face with tears of joy” then Emoji aren’t very effective at portraying emotions.

    It’s other ‘name’ is ‘laugh’, which is fine. I also think of it as ‘That was a GREAT workout! *sweat*’
    ‘LMAO to the point of tears!’

    IOW: It’s just an image. Interpreting it is up to both the poster and the reader. It’s not up to tech analcysts.

    1. Emoji constitutes a new language, only a few years old but already surpassing every established system of symbolic communication. It’s because of the mobile revolution. So many people across the world now have smartphones or tablets and internet connections and are constantly texting one another. So emoji is increasingly and extensively used, due to its economy.

      But since it’s so new, most of the symbols are not universally understood or embraced. Tech analysts are not going to provide any help. Just as with English and every other spoken language, it will be up to the practicing public — not panels, not experts — to determine what we mean when we say ROTFLMFAO in emoji. 🧐

      1. I can see its usefulness in adding some texture, some body language, to the written word. That’s all.

        However will the English (spelling and grammar) Nazis ever impose even more arbitrary rules with emojis. Oh, as a language, it comes pre-censored.

        1. Everything old is new again…

          1. No indeed. It’s going to be fun to watch the decline of, ahem, communicativity as the new crush culture continues.

            I’m actually attempting to create a minimal auditory communication system for use during alien invasion events. 😉 Therefore, I understand the usefulness of minimized symbol sharing. But we already have blatant indications of the stupefaction of human society at this point in time, instigated by a variety of forces. There’s useful minimal communication. Then there’s the inevitable failure to communicate within any society that does not value the meaning and depth possible within their available symbol system. Discard one’s language at one’s peril, the fewest words portray the least meaning, and so on.

            Ugh. Me Tarzan. You Jane.

        2. Even ancient Egyption hieroglyphs are recognized as a language. Try writing a book or a scientific article with emojis. Symbols or pictures are fine for those for whom language is too difficult to master.

          1. You are correct, calling emoji a language is a stretch. It is a primitive system of communication, located somewhere on a spectrum closer to Pictish tattoos than to Shakespeare. Everyone knows that emoji are limited in their ability to express complex ideas. But they can express common human emotions, and that is largely why people use them.. to easily make up for the loss of motive emphasis in plaintext messages. Of course, if you are the special individual who has only a single emotional state—say anger—emoji are superfluous because YOU CAN TYPE IN ALL CAPS AND PEOPLE GET THAT YOU’RE PISSED. if you are shy or phlegmatic u can emulate ee cummings and ditch caps and punctuation & spelling altogether .. people will sneer but you are used to it .. pls dont hurt me ..

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