Predictive keyboard maker company SwiftKey presents the United States of Emoji, an interactive map that shows you what tiny yellow-faced blob is most popular in your state. Some are quite predicable, others are more questionable, but if you’ve ever wondered which emoji your closest peers use, here is your answer.
SwiftKey is responsible for the piece of software that is now running on 250 million devices around the world, and they had gathered up data of over 1 billion emojis through their Cloud back-up and syncing service.
It’s a question of the digital era, where text somehow takes the backseat to other forms of expressions, such as illustrated objects, people, or the old standing smiley faces. And few can hardly blame it on the young generation or other negative remarks regarding laziness, when an entire phrase or answer can be summed up in just one emoji.
It’s quick, easy and certainly gets the job done… in most situations. However, it seems each state has their preference and SwiftKey has revealed just which likes what.
For example, California has rated the most common use of the taxi and sushi emojis, which let’s face, most have seen coming, not unlike Hawaii’s preference for the surfer emoji, pineapple or volcano. One big ‘duh’ is likely reserved for situations such as this, but not all results are so straightforward.
Washington has recorded the most use of the wine emoji, which could be put up to question if that’s a good thing or not, but it’s not for anyone to pry into the habits of visiting diplomats or national politicians. New Hampshire, however, seems to favor beer.
Louisiana and Ohio are seemingly in the top in using violence-related emojis, while Montana has the lowest rate of guns or other expressions of fighting, shooting or stabbing. It just paints the wonderfully clear picture that nothing is unavailable to us today, no matter what we want to convey through tiny illustrations.
Nevada is, for some reason, topping up in the use of the eggplant emoji and Texas in grapes, while Alabama and Arkansas’ uses of the elephant and the boar respectively are far more easily explained due to their mascots. The same goes for Arizona using the cactus, which may be simply explained by the heat in there.
Vermont seems to favor the poop emoji, which while some might be inclined to say that it’s chocolate ice cream, it’s not. We’re sorry, but it’s poop, a good majority has already voted.
New York is the lead in Statue of Liberty emojis, while Pennsylvania is apparently the most common user of the “raunchy” emojis, according to SwiftKey.
It’s unlikely that most have not encountered some, or all of these forms of expression, though there is one significant mention that the statistics were pulled from the app itself, and not the default setting of phones that most people tend to use.
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