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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 August 15, 2018

                      5 Reasons Why Tidying Your Room Can Change Your Life

                      5 Reasons Why Tidying Your Room Can Change Your Life

                      You step into your room and stumble upon something hard that hurts you, you have to tiptoe your way to your bed because there is not enough space to walk, your bed has huge piles of clothing spread everywhere, your table groans under books, newspapers, cups, and all other kinds of stuff, and your closet looks like a ransacked outlet store post-Black Friday. If that’s a common scenario for you, then you are living in a space that disrupts your ability to use it well.

                      Your room is the place where you start and end your day. Whether you are aware of it or not, the physical space in which you live and spend a lot of your time has an important role to play in how we behave. Having a bedroom in such a messed state can have a variety of effects on your life. Our mind cannot live completely independent from our environment; therefore, keeping the room tidy, organized, and clean is significant. A straightened room with a made bed and pile-free floor will not only bring happiness and organization to your life, it will also change your life!

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                      Here are five reasons that can spark the desire in you for tidying your room to create change in your life.

                      1. You will know what resources you have

                      Do you find yourself looking everywhere for your matching bracelet or clothes when going for a party or out with friends? Or does it happen that you buy a pair of pants, only to find out later that you had a better one to match the shirt you were wearing to the event? Keeping your bedroom tidy will let you know what things you have – the shoes, clothes, jewelry, books, magazines, and stationary – that are among your belongings so that you don’t have to rummage for them everywhere or go and buy new things when you already have better alternatives.

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                      2. Your thoughts will also be tidied up

                      Tidying your place also tidies up your mind. It is suggested by psychologists that a messy room is a representation of a disorganized mental state. When one is tidy and organized it also builds into their life, helping them in everything.

                      As Marie Kondo states in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change.” So, if you want to bring a change to your life, go ahead with cleaning and organizing your space and start a tidying marathon.

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                      3. Tidying your room can save you time

                      Tidying your room and organizing your space not only lets you know about the stuff that you have, but it can also save you a lot of time, since you will know where to find something when you need it. Now, when you wake up early in the morning, you don’t have to search frantically as minutes tick by for your special pair of shoes, your watch, or the blouse that you really wanted to wear. The start of your day will be a smooth one instead, and you will be able to make it out of the door to your work or college on time.

                      4. You will be more social

                      Would you like your friend to see your messy room? I would probably be too embarrassed if my friend came over and got to look at my room in a messy state. When you are ashamed of the state of your bedroom, it is less likelihood that you invite anyone over. On the other hand, when your house is clean, you are ready for company and are also more likely to invite or welcome someone over on the spur of the moment. Tidying your room helps in preventing the creation of a boundary around you; therefore, you will become more social.

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                      5. Your health will improve

                      Tidying your room also bring with itself some health benefits. When your bedroom becomes a peaceful and ordered place with no clutter around, you will feel less stressed and less distracted. This means you can spend some relaxing time before bed and go to sleep calmly. From studies, it has been found that those who have cluttered bedrooms full of their hoardings take a long time to fall asleep and their sleep quality is also poor enough that it leads an increase chance of depression and stress. It’s clear enough. Tidying your room will have a positive effect on your health and the thought of going to the bedroom would be a pleasant and calming one. Not just this, but a tidy room will no more be home to bacteria and viruses that can compromise your health.

                      Conclusion

                      No doubt, cleaning up a really messy room and streamlining your surroundings is no easy job but, with a little determination and taking a methodical approach, it is totally doable. You just need to get started. Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, one of New York Times Best Sellers, can serve as the perfect manual to guide you. Happy Cleaning!

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