Australia's favourite and most used emoji is the face crying tears of joy, according to a new survey for World Emoji Day.
Yes, my friends, World Emoji Day is, indeed, a thing.
😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂
And here's some trivia for you: it's held on July 17 because that's the day famously displayed on the 📅 Calendar Emoji.
There's even an anthem which - and I'm aware this is a big call - may actually be more annoying than Baby Shark.
But I digress ...
Commissioned by tech accessory brand Tech Toppers, who have released a new range of tech-decorating, emoji themed stickers, the survey of 1000 Aussies also revealed a number of other findings about our emoji use.
For example, Australians think the pile of poo emoji 💩 is more offensive than the eggplant 🍆. And our favourite food or drink emoji is the beer clinking glasses. 🍻 Cheers!
As a nation, we tend to send emoji to express emotions, appear friendlier and soften a difficult message 😉. And 40 per cent of 🇦🇺 send an emoji with most messages or emails. Most commonly, we send them to friends (85 per cent), our partner (62 per cent) siblings (48 per cent) parents (42 per cent) people on dating apps (14 per cent) and our boss (10 per cent)
So how is the world choosing to celebrate this momentous day?
Apple has revealed its newest offerings sharing that the next batch of emoji, "bring even more diversity to the keyboard, alongside fun and exciting additions to popular categories of food, animals, activities and smiley faces".
"In a major update to the Holding Hands emoji typically used to represent couples and relationships, users will now be able to select any combination of skin tone, in addition to gender, to personalise the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations," the company says.
A new yawny face is on its way as well as a one-piece swimsuit, new food items including a waffle, falafel, butter and garlic, and new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk.
There's also a new range of disability emoji - new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg. "Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple's values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard," the company said.
Great to see diversity in @Apple's new emojis with more disability emojis including a new guide dog, hearing aid, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs. Users will also be able to select from 75 possible combinations of relationships and coupleshttps://t.co/3Ipk7ATCYQ #WorldEmojiDay— VicHealth (@VicHealth) July 17, 2019
The RSPCA is asking tweeters for their favourite animals:
The Department of Education is asking "Which school is this?"
Let's try some harder ones! Can you guess these school names? #WorldEmojiDay— NSW DoE (@NSWEducation) July 17, 2019
1. 📊 🚶
2. ⬆️ 🍺
3. 🎡 👰
The Australian Ballet is all about the - you guessed it - dancing girl!
Qld Fire and Emergency has us covered (in emoji)
And Emojipedia is taking a step back in time to where it all began:
📜 The first emoji set created in Japan in 1997. Without this and other Japanese carriers with emoji support, we wouldn't have emoji on our phones today https://t.co/yOvlboULbK pic.twitter.com/v8IESNjZ70— World Emoji Day is July 17 (@WorldEmojiDay) July 16, 2019
Want to get involved too? The folks at Emojipedia suggest the following:
👉 Email from your kid's 🏫 school? Respond with emojis.
👉 Text from 👵 Grandma? Describe your day using emojis.
👉 Running late for 🏢 work? Apologize with emojis!
👉 Phone call from the 🏦 bank? Probably best to answer that.
Just don't send any poos ...