People that use emojis more often, have more sex and have more success in dating.
According to research, that was published in PLoS ONE, the frequent use of emojis says a lot about someones dating and sex life.
Emoji or not emoji
The results come from two different studies that have been conducted by The Kinsey Institute and the Lake Forest College. In the first study, data was analyzed dat was retrieved from a survey of 5,237 Americans. At first, this study was designed to reflect the demographic diversity of the United States. Participants were 18 years or older and mainly heterosexual (87%) and white (62%).
The questionnaire also had some questions about the use of emojis, and if so, why. Also, some questions were about their dating habits and sex life.
The findings were, that 38% said they never used emojis in conversations with potential dates. Further more, 29% said that they hardly used them, 28% used them regularly, 3% used at least 1 emoji in every messages, and 2.5% used more than 1 emoji in every message.
People that use emoji, do so to make their messages more personal, to express their feelings more easily, because it is faster than typing words, and because it is trendy (everybody does so).
Frequent use of emojis seemed to be predictor of the number of first dates and the frequency of sex.
Emoji = kiss and have sex
The second research was a lot smaller. Only 275 adults participated. This research was done to reaffirm the findings of the first one. Here, the respondents were also mostly heterosexual (84%) and white (73%).
These respondents used emojis a lot more often. Only 3% said never to use emojis in conversations with potential dates. In this study, the use of emojis was no so much a predictor for the number of first date, but it was for the number of second dates.
Just like in the first study, it seemed that the frequent use of emojis could be linked to the frequency of sex. People that used more emojis, had had more sex partners in the previous year.
On top of that, emoji users had kissed more often during the first date and they also had sex more frequently on the first date. They were also more likely to have gone on a second date and to have entered a relationship with that person.
… or not?
These studies do have some limitations, though. The researcher did not look into the type of emojis that were used. It could well be that the use of some emojis (kisses, devils) could have a different outcome than others. Also, the study only looked at the sender of the emojis, and not to the receiver. We don’t know how the emojis have been perceived by the recipient and what their emoji habits are.
The researchers suggest that ‘people who use emojis more often may be better at forming connections with others’. They believe that emoji users are more emotional. In other words: Maybe it is not the emojis that have lead to the date (and the kissing and the sex), but their personality. Rather, perhaps emoji use signifies that one is more emotionally expressive, engages in more self-disclosure, and just has an easier time building intimacy. All of these factors are likely to lay the basis for a more active dating and sex life. This also suggests that people who are resistant to sending emojis for whatever reason just might be missing out.