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Emojis have become so commonplace in our society that it's not uncommon for someone to send a message full of little icons to tell a story.
While the older generation might roll their eyes and tell you off for not using proper English to convey how you feel, there's no denying that emojis are a thing for people with access to a smartphone.
But if you're still on the fence about whether to use them, you might be interested in some research that shows it could be beneficial to you.
A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE has revealed a link between people using emojis and their ability to land dates and have sex.
The study is classically titled Worth a thousand interpersonal words: Emoji as affective signals for relationship-oriented digital communication.
Essentially, researchers wanted to find out whether these little nuggets of emotion were helping people connect better than those who use words.
Study authors wrote: "Across two studies, we assessed attitudes toward and frequency of emoji use, and whether signalling affect via emoji use relates to more romantic and sexual opportunities.
"Our findings suggest that emoji use with potential partners is associated with maintaining connection beyond the first date, and more romantic and sexual interactions over the previous year.
"This research provides evidence that emojis convey important affective information to potential partners, and are potentially associated with more successful intimate connection. Implications for multiple theoretical models and methodologies are discussed."
The two studies collected data from more than 5,000 people and asked them about their emoji use and why they opted for them.
'They give my text messages more personality'; 'It's easier for me to express my feelings'; 'It's faster and easier than writing a full message'; and 'It's trendy and other people use it', were the options given as reasons why and participants had to check if any applied to them.
They were also asked how many dates and sex they had had over the past 12 months. The researchers tried to line up the data and found 'emoji/emoticon use was associated with more first dates and more frequent sexual activity'.
While the data doesn't take into account the person's attractiveness or 'game', it highlights the idea that emojis might just help you set up a date with The One. Obviously you can't also just sent aubergine emojis until someone replies, either.
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