Why we can’t stop using the “face with tears of joy” emoji

Anne Quito
Why we can’t stop using the “face with tears of joy” emoji

The Unicode Consortium reported last week that “face with tears of joy” () is the most frequently used emoji, eclipsing the red heart () and “smiling face with heart-eyes” () which came in second and third respectively. The Silicon Valley-based organization, comprised of representatives from big tech companies, universities, and government agencies, revealed for the first time that they’ve been monitoring our emoji habits. “Understanding how frequently emoji are used helps prioritize which categories to focus on,” says Mark Davis, president and co-founder of the Unicode Consortium.