Using more emojis in a WhatsApp conversation may indicate you are more likely to have sex with potential partners. The discovery of two psychology studies published last Thursday (15) in the journal PLoS ONE by scientists at The Kinsey Institute and Lake Forest College in the United States. According to both surveys, people who share more faces in virtual chats are more likely to make intimate contact and thus lay the groundwork for sex chemistry.
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One of the surveys was conducted in early 2019 with 5,327 singles from the United States aged 18 to 94 years. The other was an online questionnaire that accumulated responses from 275 adults 18 to 71 years old. In both cases, the answers came from audiences of various ethnicities and sexual orientations, but mostly whites and heterosexuals.
Emoji use may be linked to ability to connect emotionally with partner, studies suggest Photo: Isabela Cabral / dnetc
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In the first field survey, 67% of respondents said they never or almost never use emojis with potential partners, while another 33.5% send emojis with some regularity. According to the study, this latter group was more successful in convincing partners for a first date, as well as more intense sexual activity in the year preceding the responses.
The reasons for using emojis in a message exchange range from wanting to give more personal communication and facilitating expression of feelings to saving typing on the phone keypad. There are also those who say they only share emojis to follow the trend of social networks.
Scientists applied the same premise to the online survey, conducted in the second half of 2018. This time, respondents were more likely to use emojis (only 3% said they never use this type of communication). Interestingly, this audience showed higher success rates for a second date, which would indicate a higher likelihood of having sexual encounters.
Emoji may indicate better communication skills Photo: Ana Marques / dnetc
Studies suggest that the use of emojis facilitates affective communication in digital media, which would be critical for generating affection. Users who express themselves with emojis, therefore, would be more likely to connect with their partners and thus create the ideal environment for the exchange of intimacy that leads to sexual encounter.
However, research also considers that the use of emojis may only indicate a common behavior of people who already have the skills necessary for affectionate communication.
It is therefore possible that emojis are not the cause of success in the relationship, but only one of the pieces that make up the chess of a good two-way conversation through messaging apps following this idea, those who are not in the habit of using emojis can simply not have skills to show emotions in digital media.