Here are the findings of note:
- Canadians score highest in emoji categories some may consider to be more American (money, raunchy, violent, sports)
- French use four times as many heart emoji than other languages, and it’s the only language for which a ‘smiley’ is not #1
- Flowers and plants emoji are used at more than 4X the average rate by Arabic speakers
- Russian speakers use three times as much romantic emoji than the average
- Australia’s emoji use characterizes it as the land of vice & indulgence, using double the average amount of alcohol-themed emoji, 65% more drug emoji than average and leading for both junk food and holiday emoji
- Americans lead for a random assortment of emoji & categories, including skulls, birthday cake, fire, tech, LGBT, meat and female-oriented emoji
Category leaders for users of the Canada English keyboard: violent, body parts, money, sports, raunch, ocean creatures. Our usage of guns and violent emoji actually are higher compared to our American neighbours (1.52% vs .97% average).
As for the beloved ‘poop’ emoji that brings smiles to all faces, Canada’s usage of this emoji beat out every other nation in the world:
Overall, the top 5 emoji categories were happy faces, sad faces, hearts, hand gestures and romantic. Oh, and also when it comes to junk food, Canada really loves pizza:
Canada also uses more ‘raunchy’ emoji two times more than everyone else, which SwiftKey defines as the banana, raised fist, eggplant, peach, cherries and Cancer astrological symbol (get your mind out of the gutter, peoples).
When it comes to sports, Canadians reference sports or activity almost three times more than other nations, with the bike emoji being the most popular here (there is no hockey stick or puck emoji yet).
We also use the money emoji more than others, plus we use the most ocean creatures as well, with the octopus being particularly popular here. We are also literally out of this world as Canada leads outer space emoji usage of the alien face.
Some Canadians use the English (US) keyboard, so those results won’t show in this report. This data was taken from the SwiftKey Cloud database, which users opt-in to which allows saving keyboard settings and profiles to use across all devices.
What’s your most used emoji? Surely by now it’s the Canadian flag, right?