Recently, modern advancement has finally reached the upgrade of smileys, it is called Emoji or Emojis as it has different kinds.
The present generation couldn’t only be called the Hashtag Generation but could also be the Emojis Generation due to its profuse usage in the most common form of communication in the Philippines, messaging.
Emojis can usually be seen in people’s conversations in messenger, or in comments in Facebook. But do you know that though there is a variety of choices for you to express yourself, still it might mean differently to other people?
There is this study which proved that people do not interpret emojis the same way – or according to what it actually shows.
For the succession of the study, the researchers surveyed a lot of people on how they see the emojis.
To the researchers’ surprise, most answers didn’t coincide with each other.
Some said that a certain emoji is conveying a positive feeling, while there are those who considered it to be expressing a neutral feeling. Further, others said it is negative.
According to the researchers from the University of Minnesota’s GroupLens Research Lab, they have showed indeed that these circled faces with different curves are not interpreted by people the same way though it is so popular in text message.
A total of 125 emojis were interpreted by 334 individuals who were the subjects of the study. They were given a scale as the basis on how they will interpret the emojis.
The given scale went from -5, meaning strongly negative, up to 5 which denotes strongly positive.
Furthermore, the study also showed that gadgets itself affects the interpretation of the emojis.
For example, an iPhone is being used by the sender while the receiver owns a Nokia phone, considering their platforms, what was sent will not be entirely the same to what the other will be receiving.
To prove it further, a grinning face with smiling eyes in an iPhone was considered to be a mildly negative emoji.
In contrary, when it was presented using a Google phone, they saw it to be showing optimism.
The findings of the whole study showed that there is a 1.8 points difference on the sentiment of two people viewing the same emoji.