Emoji – What Does That Mean? It Depends on Your Device

There are many who would use an emoji or two (or five, or ten) so that their messages with other people don’t feel drab and boring. Furthermore, using these smiley faces (or other icons) and place them inside your messages can give you a good impression as to what you’re trying to portray. After all, communicating through digital means, such as texts, emails, or even on Twitter, can be a hassle at times. When posting updates or talking to your friends or family, there are no non-verbal cues of face-to-face interaction. Therefore, it can be hard to tell if the person is just trying to be nice or if they’re just being a jerk. However, use of proper punctuation is not the only type of misinterpretation when sending or receiving messages through digital means. A study conducted by the researchers with the University of Minnesota’s Grouplens found that the “grinning face with smiling eyes” emoticon can be interpreted differently depending on what device was used to read it.

Emoji - What Does That Mean? It Depends on Your Device

The Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes Emoji Can be Interpreted Differently Depending on the Device Used to View it

The reason behind why people react differently towards that particular emoji is because of the way it is displayed in different devices and platforms. Therefore, it can completely change the perceived meaning of a message. The study was meant to learn how people would interpret the aforementioned emoticon. The subjects of the research would respond differently depending on the platform they’re viewing the message on.

According to the Grouplens research, LG, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft have their own variations of the grinning face with smiling eyes emoji. It should also be noted that there is no one true emoji font. Therefore, Google, Apple, or even Twitter has their own takes and spins on emoticons being displayed. Those who have viewed the aforementioned emoticon with the use of an LG, Samsung, Google, or Microsoft device has elicited a more positive response, whereas those who got it while viewing it with an Apple device showed a slightly negative outcome.

This is because the emoji in question when viewed from a device that does not carry Apple’s mobile operating system will show what seems to be a more genuine smile. The iOS version of the emoji shows a more awkward looking smile, which might prompt users to ask if you’re okay or not. Additionally, the research team had found that how people interpret an emoticon character can vary wildly, even when viewing it under the same platform.


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