Assessing the meaning of emojis for emotional awareness - a pilot study

W.M.G. Brants, Bonita Sharif, Alexander Serebrenik

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Abstract

Emojis are increasingly being used in today’s social communication - both formally in team messaging systems as well as informally via text messages on phones. Besides being used in social communication, emojis might also be a suitable mechanism for emotion (self-)assessment. Indeed, emojis can be expected to be familiar to people of different social groups and do not depend on the mastery of a specific language. However, emojis could be interpreted very differently from their actual intent. In order to determine whether people interpret emojis (specific to emotional states) in a consistent manner, we conducted an online survey on nine emojis with 386 people. The results show that the emojis representing anger, sadness, joy, surprise, and neutral state are interpreted as they were intended, independent of age and gender. Interpretations of other emojis such as Unamused Face and Face Screaming in Fear depend on age, and thus are not as useful for probing for emotion in a study setting unless all participants belong to the same age category. The Face with Rolling Eyes emoji is interpreted differently by gender and finally the Nauseated Face emoji resulted in no conclusive interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Web Conference 2019 - Companion of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2019
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages419-423
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366755
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6675-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2019
Event2nd​ International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media Co-located with The Web Conference 2019 (formerly WWW) - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 13 May 201914 May 2019

Conference

Conference2nd​ International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media Co-located with The Web Conference 2019 (formerly WWW)
Abbreviated titleEmoji2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period13/05/1914/05/19

Keywords

  • Age
  • Emoji interpretation
  • Emotional awareness
  • Gender
  • Pilot study

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