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Older People Do Anything With Emojis: This Study Proves It

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Emojis have become practically essential in our online exchanges. According to a 2022 survey commissioned by Slack from Opinion Way, 63% of French people even said they felt a taste of unfinished business when a message is transmitted without an emoticon. But if the reflex has been adopted by all generations, not everyone has yet mastered the codes.

This is precisely what we can learn from a study by researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom published in the journal PLOS One. The researchers surveyed a group of 253 Chinese adults and 270 British adults aged 18 to 84 to see the differences in perception.

The meaning of the emojis in question

And in fact, it appeared that older people often have difficulty using emojis such as reactions of fear, sadness, anger or surprise when sending messages. Similarly, women tended to identify emoticons representing joy, fear, sadness, and anger more correctly than men.

Quoted by South West News Service, a British news agency, Hannah Howman, lead author of the study, explains: “ Our findings regarding age and culture highlight the importance of context in emoji use. The findings of our study suggest that all factors studied […] have a significant impact on how emoji are identified.”

The researchers insist that further studies are needed to see more clearly on the subject. Either way, using emojis can sometimes play tricks on us. We spoke to you last year about this research from the University of Tokyo.

The scientists recruited 289 participants who used emojis and reported the intensity of their emotional expressions and whether or not they correspond via emoticons. In particular, it appeared that all those who used smiling pictograms when the situation was tense were facing a problem.

This difference between reality and the choice of emoji can lead users to a form of emotional exhaustion, the authors warned. You can always reread our article on this subject here.

What you need to remember:

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  • Older people do not always understand the exact meaning of emojis
  • This can lead to misunderstanding or awkward situations
  • Emoticons can sometimes be misused
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    Teilor Stone

    By Teilor Stone

    Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116