Apple released a chart showing the most popular iPhone emoji, and “Face With Tears of Joy” took the crown.
It’s not just Apple singing the praises of Face with Tears of Joy, though: other emoji-tracking metrics like the site http://www.emojitracker.com (which monitors in real time emoji usage across Twitter) has the humble emoji at the No. 1 position across the entire social media site by a fairly massive margin.
Back in 2015, the Oxford English Dictionary gave the laughing, sobbing face the dubious honor of being the first emoji to hold the position of “word of the year.”
That news shouldn’t come as a surprise. The laughing/crying face is the perfect symbol to illustrate your emotional extremes, from unfiltered happiness to bitter sadness. For example, you might use it when you remember it’s Friday or ironically once you discover it’s actually Thursday.
That flexibility seems to resonate with iPhone users, as the emoji is destroying its fellow icons. Rounding out the top five are the heart, crying, heart-shaped eyes, and blowing a kiss.