Sunday, 17 July 2022
In celebration of World Emoji Day (July 17) and the recent expansion of Reactions on WhatsApp announced by Mark Zuckerberg, we’re sharing some fun facts on how people across Southern Africa are using emojis across our other apps, Facebook and Instagram.
Everyday billions of consumers around the world use Meta’s technologies (Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) to communicate and connect with their family, friends and communities - often those connections come in emoji form. People may not always be able to connect in the physical form but Emojis help bring out what words cannot always express.
With the introduction of new Emojis, consumers continue to enjoy the light hearted and humorous way of communicating.
Here’s a look at some the most popular emojis used in the last year:
Top 5 emojis by South Africa over the past year:
Soccer is a hit among South Africans with the ⚽ (soccer ball) emoji coming in as the most popular emoji on IG bios. Some other popular sports emojis include 🧘🏽 🏉 🏋️♂️ 🏀
South Africans love to celebrate birthdays as the birthday cake emoji comes in as the most popular Birthday Cake on Facebook 14.0. Following not far behind, some popular food and beverage emojis include🥂 🍾 🍰 🍻
Also, among the most popular newly released emojis (version 14.0) on Facebook used by people living in South Africa (and their meanings according to the Emojipedia) are:
1. 🥺 A yellow face with tears welling up at the bottom of its two large eyes. May be used to express a range of emotions including sadness, anger, embarrassment, admiration, and gratitude.
2. Used to express love and support.
3. The eyes and mouth slip down the face, yet still maintain a distorted smile. This quality lends this emoji to sarcasm. Can be used literally to talk about extreme heat. Can also be used metaphorically to talk about embarrassment, shame, or a slowly sinking sense of dread.
4. A yellow face with its hands over its eyes and raised eyebrows. One wide eye is peeking through the fingers. Can be used to express the duality of wanting to look away from something because it's frightening, disgusting, or embarrassing, but not being able to.
5. A hand with the index finger pointing straight forward at the person viewing the emoji.