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How are personalities between people who use emojis and people who do not use emojis different?

Asked by mazingerz88 (29028points) 1 month ago from iPhone

Why would some people frequently or always use them while others never do? Thanks.

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canidmajor's avatar

I can’t speak to those who don’t, but I do (and get mocked for it). In a text based context, I seek to add more “mood” because tone is difficult to express with text alone. A smiley face or other emoji can expand intent of a bald statement, helping the reader to appreciate a deeper understanding of my statement.

Which seems to indicate a more effusive personality.

jca2's avatar

I find exclamation points make text seem unlike speaking. When I speak, I don’t always sound exuberant and enthused, but to me, an exclamation point makes text and printed writing seem unrealistic. I will use a flower emoji frequently, or a heart, not meaning romantic love but just to mean I love the gesture, for example “thank you” with a heart or sunflower.

Also, the laugh emoji is more efficient than typing “haha” or “lol.”

For birthdays, I will use a few like the cake, drinks, etc. To me, it makes it look fun.

I can be fun and I can also be quiet and a loner, so I don’t know if it’s easy to quantify “emojis = ________.”

LifeQuestioner's avatar

I’ll use emojis in text and when using Facebook messenger, but I don’t generally use them in emails, especially if they’re work emails. There’s one lady I know though who uses them to exhaustion. I think they can be useful in conveying the tone of your message but I do think they can sometimes look unprofessional too.

jca2's avatar

I almost never use emojis in emails, and especially work emails.

I used to work with a woman who used lots and lots of exclamation points in her work emails. It looked totally ridiculous. For example, “Looking forward to the meeting tomorrow!!!!!!!” So stupid.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Supposedly people who use them are higher on agreeableness and usually more extroverted.
I admit I use them on person communication because as @canidmajor said, my short replies can be taken wrong and often were. Emojis soften it so they know I’m joking. Using them was a learned behavior for my logical personality type to keep the peace.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Those who don’t simply text because everyone else texts, those who do live for texting and are the type of person their phone seems tobe always glued to one of their hands.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Probably. I think emojis are stupid and haven’t ever used them.

My daughters use them all the time.

It may have to do with personality, but more likely due to age.

cookieman's avatar

Emojis are simply the natural progression of humans’ visual literacy skills that date back to the earliest pictographs on cave walls. However language and communication evolves, we will always gravitate toward the use of symbols alongside the written and spoken word.

Dismissing emojis as childish or stupid is a bit closed minded.

tinyfaery's avatar

I once read that emojis help to make up for body language, since over text we can’t see that, obviously. Words are only a fraction of the information we gather from a person when communicating. Emojis maybe help that? ¯\(ツ)

I use them a moderate amount and I am neither extroverted or agreeable. Maybe I just want to seem that way.

Jeruba's avatar

I don’t know the answer to the question, but I can tell you that I am one who never uses them—not back when they were typically a couple of punctuation marks combined, and not now when it seems there’s a miniature illustration for every object, situation, or emotion.

Correction: I have used one, my first, last Sunday: a tiny birthday cake in a text to my son.

The first time I saw them, many years ago now, I said we were reinventing Kanji—or hieroglyphics. They are now so complex that they can be impossible to decipher at text size.

@jca2, I agree with you on exclamation points. If I see.them in the text of a book or article, I’m apt to quit reading it. Even in dialogue, they should be rare. I expect the language to carry the sentiment or deliver the excitement, not to prompt the reader to it artificially.

Casual discourse is an exception, of course.

filmfann's avatar

Sometimes I want to acknowledge someone’s statement, but I have nothing to add.

mazingerz88's avatar

To all your great answers [ ❤️ ]

jca2's avatar

The thumbs up is one I see a lot when people are done with a conversation, just to indicate “got it” or “ok.”

SnipSnip's avatar

One is fun, the other isn’t.

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