Monday, April 11, 2016

People interpret the same emoji in completely differently ways

People interpret the same emoji in completely differently ways
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Although emoji fill in where words are lacking, their true meaning might be getting lost in translation. People interpret emoji differently, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. This holds true even if chatting is happening over the same operating system.

Take the "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji, , for example.  The researchers surveyed online respondents on how they interpreted the emoji's sentiment, rating it on a scale from -5 (strongly negative) to +5 (strongly positive). Seventy percent of people put the face in the negative area of the chart, with most people ranking it at -3. But still, 27 percent of respondents thought it conveyed a more positive emotion. The chart below breaks down the...

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