What were the most used emojis of 2023?

Emoji expert Keith Broni, editor-in-chief of Emojipedia, has outlined the top 10 most-used emojis of 2023.

Emoji expert Keith Broni has revealed the 10 most popular emojis of 2023. (SWNS)

Positivity was the name of the game in 2023 if the nation's most-used emojis are anything to go by, according to an expert.

Emoji expert Keith Broni said the top 10 most-used emojis of the past 12 months include crying with laughter, rolling on the floor laughing and the red heart - suggesting people have been trying their best to feel positive.

Broni, who is editor-in-chief of Emojipedia, said: "The most-used emojis of 2023 were a selection of the absolute classics from the emoji keyboard. Number one was the ‘tears of joy’ face - while number two was ‘rolling on the floor laughing’. 'Heart eyes’ came in at number six, while ‘smiling face with hearts’ is the 10th most-used."

He said the top three most used were crying with laughter (😂), rolling on the floor laughing (🤣) and the red heart (❤️), while of the new emojis released in 2023, the most popular were the pink heart, the shaking face, the blue heart and the grey one.

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Broni says emojis are getting more and more popular. (SWNS)

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Broni says despite emojis first being introduced in 2008, they’re only getting more popular - dispelling suggestions that Gen Z are less keen on the pics than older Brits. He said the positive mix in the emojis we love the most is probably due to people spending a lot of time with friends and family, saying: "The top 10 indicates that people are continuing to express positivity among their friends and family.

"With its track record, I believe ‘crying with laughter’ will remain at number one next year. Other laughter emojis will continue to be the most popular across the world."

Broni said year-on-year growth in the use of emojis shows they are here to stay and a "powerful communication tool" used across the world.

He added: "I absolutely don’t think emojis will be dying out - emojis’ global popularity has continued to grow year-on year, and 2023 has been no different. They’re an incredibly powerful communication tool that people use to better express themselves."

The top 10 most-used emojis of 2023

  1. Crying with laughter 😂

  2. Rolling on the floor laughing 🤣

  3. Red heart ❤️

  4. Folded hands (to express thanks) 🙏

  5. Loudly crying (used for overwhelming laughter) 😭

  6. Heart eyes 😍

  7. Sparkles ✨

  8. Fire 🔥

  9. Smiling face with smiling eyes 😊

  10. Smiling face with hearts 🥰

What is an emoji and what do we use them for?

An emoji is an icon used to represent an emotion, symbol or object and are most commonly used in text messages, messaging apps and social media, from Instagram and Facebook to business communication systems like Slack.

The first emoji was designed in 1999 and they went global in 2012 when Apple's iOS 6 system allowed the capability of sending icons in text messages and in 2015, professor Vyv Evans from Bangor University named emoji the fastest growing language in the UK.

As of September 2023 there were reportedly 3,782 emojis in the Unicode Standard, including variations for gender and skin tone.