Oh Great, The Cry Laugh Emoji Was The Most Used Of 2021

tears of joy emoji

For the past couple of years, we’ve spent our fair share of time online. Human interaction has been largely text-based during our extended periods of time inside, and the existence of emojis has been more crucial than ever before. Unsurprisingly, this chortling menace was the most-used emoji of 2021.

Apparently, 92% of the worldwide online population regularly use emojis. According to data from the Unicode Consortium, a not-for-profit organisation responsible for encoding universal characters for the web, this crying-laughing emoji – officially known as “Tears of Joy” – accounted for an astounding 5% of emoji usage.

Having this yellow little dickhead as your most-used emoji in 2021 is essentially the equivalent of telling someone that Drake was your most listened to artist on Spotify this year: it’s just a little too obvious. In fact, that smug prick has reigned supreme among its emoji peers, at least on iOS and macOS devices, since 2017.



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The last time Unicode Consortium published this data was in 2019. As it turns out, emoji usage hasn’t actually changed all that much since then. Despite there being a whopping 3,663 emojis in circulation, this has always been a pretty clear favourite. The only one that even comes close is a red heart.

The consortium’s members are comprised of employees from Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft votes annually on the new emoji, adding over 100 new characters to iPhones and Android devices each year. Though we do not know what will be added this year, it is a pretty safe bet to assume the following will remain the top 10:

  1. 😂
  2. ❤️
  3. 🤣
  4. 👍
  5. 😭
  6. 🙏
  7. 😘
  8. 🥰
  9. 😍
  10. 😊

To its credit, it is a very usable option in the emoji market. You can just slap that bad boy on the end of a text to convey to whomever that you are in fact joking. In a world full of human suffering, the bulbous, cartoonish tears streaming down that obnoxious face represent our ability to laugh in the face of it. Even in a pretty miserable year, we all somehow found a way to 😂.