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How People Interpret Emojis Differently Will Amaze You

How People Interpret Emojis Differently Will Amaze You

We don’t need studies to report on our fixation with emojis. The loss of tone in texts has demanded further expression, even from the most prolific writers, and so we have created images of expression to assist us. They help us communicate and they are fun. Studies have reported, however, that there has been some confusion regarding what certain emojis mean. Have you ever gotten a nice message, only to find a crying face underneath? Confused? As the Emojipedia was designed in Japan, sometimes we aren’t familiar with the original meanings or intentions. Some say it is the different devices on which we are receiving the images (Android, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) that create conflicting ideas, though we must admit that sometimes it comes down to just plain old interpretation. Here are a few of those ambiguous emojis.

1. OK! Emoji

This is quite possibly the most ambiguous emoji ever made. Most think she is dancing or “raising the roof.” Some think it is just playful. Really, she is doing the full-body gesture of “OK.”

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    2. Person Bowing

    This emoji is often confused with a child being cute. It is actually a person bowing deeply.

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      3. Post Office Building

      Alongside the other little buildings, where mostly we aren’t sure what they are for or about, this building is a Japanese Post Office.

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        4. Sweet Treat? Flower?

        This emoji is actually a rice cake!

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          5. Hushed Face or Surprised Face?

          This face is meant to be the “hush” face, as in “You are in the Library, so hush.” We think it looks a little, um, astonished…

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            6. Rice Cracker or Cookie?

            This emoji is generally perceived to be a chocolate chip cookie or some cookie of the like. It is actually a Japanese rice cracker.

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              7. Prayer Hands or High Five?

              This seems angelic enough, but could easily be confused with two hands slapping together in a high five.

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                8. Crying Cat Face

                Cats are a big deal in Japan. In English-speaking countries, we generally aren’t sure why a cat is crying or what this means, but it is just much less serious than a crying human face.

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                  9. Pine Decoration

                  Thought this was some kind of freaky mushroom stalks? The emerald city in The Wizard of Oz? It is actually Kadomatsu, a Japanese pine decoration that is placed in front of new homes to welcome good things.

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                    10. It’s Not a Fart!

                    Believe it or not, this is not what you thought! It is not a symbol for a bottom-noise! It is the symbol for taking off quickly, cartoon-style.

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                      5 Powerful Ways for Building Fulfilling Relationships

                      5 Powerful Ways for Building Fulfilling Relationships

                      We all have relationships. We have acquaintances, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and friends. However, for a large percentage of us, many of these relationships are not fulfilling.

                      They are unfulfilling because they lack real strength; and they lack real strength because they lack real depth.

                      Unfortunately, in today’s society, we tend to have shallow, superficial relationships with others, and it’s extremely hard for this kind of relationships to provide anything more than faint satisfaction.

                      I’d like to show you, based on my experience as a communication and confidence coach, how you can add a significant amount of depth, and thus strength, to your relationships and make your social life a whole lot more meaningful.

                      Here’re 5 simple yet powerful ways for meaningful relationships building:

                      1. Meet More People

                      This is an apparent paradox, but the quality of the people you meet has considerably to do with the quantity of people you meet.

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                      If you don’t know a lot of people and you barely meet one or two new people every season of the year, considering the variety of individuals out there, you won’t meet very often people who are a good match with you in terms of personality, interests and values.

                      And since this natural match plays a huge part in building strong relationships, you’ll just as seldom have the opportunity to develop strong relationships.

                      Conversely, if you go out a lot, you meet a lot of new people and you constantly expand your social circle, you’re much more likely to meet people you match up well with, and these people have a tremendous potential to become good friends, reliable partners, etc.

                      This is why it’s important to meet more people.

                      2. Talk about the Things That Matter To You

                      A relationship becomes the strongest when two people discover they believe in the same things and have similar interests. It’s these commonalities regarding values and interests that create the strongest emotional connection.

                      I’ve noticed that many people keep conversations shallow. They talk about trivial stuff such as the weather, what’s on TV, the lives of various movie stars, but they rarely talk about what really matters to them in life. This is a mistake from my perspective, because it’s the perfect method for a relationship to not develop.

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                      Talk about the things that truly matter to you and give others a chance to know what you care about and what you believe in. If they believe in the same things and they care about the same things, they’ll eagerly let you know. Thus you’ll find meaningful common ground and you’ll feel more connected.

                      3. Express Vulnerability

                      Many people try to come off as perfect. They don’t talk about their failures, they hide their shortcomings and they never say anything that could embarrass them.

                      This is all just a facade though. You may appear perfect to some, but you know you’re not perfect and they know that too. You’re only human and humans have flaws.

                      However, by hiding your flaws, what you do succeed in is appearing cold and impersonal. You seem like a marble statue rather than a real person. And this makes it very hard for anyone to connect with you emotionally.

                      Humans connect with other humans, not with ideals. Keep this in mind and don’t be afraid to let your vulnerability and your humanity show. This is what takes a relationship to the next level.

                      Take a look at this article and find out Why Showing Vulnerability Actually Proves Your Strength.

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                      4. Have Integrity

                      Integrity, as I see it, is the alignment between your thoughts, your words and your actions. When you say what you think and you do what you said you’ll do, you have integrity.

                      This is a crucial trait because if you have integrity, people can trust you. They can trust you to give them an honest feedback, even when it’s hard to shallow, and they can trust you to keep your promises.

                      This trust is one of the central pillars of a strong relationship, both in your personal and your professional life. So, as challenging as it can be sometimes, always try to have integrity.

                      Be honest with the people around you, even when this will initially hurt them. It’s more important for them to trust you than to not feel hurt. And always do what you promised. Even better, think twice before you promise anything, and only promise what you really can and you are willing to do.

                      5. Be There for Others

                      Another central pillar of strong relationships is support. Connections between people grow sturdy if they can rely on each other for support when it’s needed, whether that support means a few kind words or several massive actions.

                      Of course, you can’t be there for everybody, all the time. Your time, energy and other resources are limited. But what you can do is identify the genuinely important people in your life and then seek to be there as much as possible, at least for them.

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                      Your support will help them practically, and it will comfort them emotionally; which makes one hell of a difference in a relationship.

                      The Bottom Line

                      With the right mindset and the right behavior, you can strengthen a wide range of relationships in your life and advance them as far as they can be advanced.

                      And with strong relationships, not only that you feel more fulfilled, but you feel more connected to the entire world. You feel that your life has real value, you have more fun and you live in the moment. An entire world of opportunities opens up in front of you.

                      Then your task is to simply walk through the open doors.

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