If you’ve ever wondered if it’s appropriate to send that eggplant emoji to that person you want to sleep with, researchers finally have the answer: Yes.
According to a study published in the PLOS One journal, those who use emojis in their texts to possible partners are more likely to get a second date as opposed to those who don’t use any. For those looking to get some bedroom action, the use of emojis is also a good sign. According to the study, those who use emojis are also much more open to engaging in sexual activity on dates — whether that’s a chaste kiss or full-on bedroom acrobatics.
The study was conducted by the Kinsey Institute and involved 5,000 survey participants. Of those 5,000 participants, 13.2 percent identify as part of the LGBTQ community.
According to the research, using emojis made it easier for the participants to communicate and develop intimacy with each other.
“We find that the use of emojis allows daters to communicate important affective information to potential partners which facilitates successful intimate connection and more romantic and sexual opportunities,” the study claims.
While emojis may get you more connections and more sex, researchers didn’t assess the particular emojis that the participants sent to each other, so they “cannot fully know which emojis are most effective at helping to form connections between people.” The study suggests that some emojis may be more effective than others.
“For instance, a recent study demonstrated that individuals preferentially use specific types of emoji with specific recipients, such as facial expressions for emotion and objects resembling body parts, to communicate sexually suggestive messages and initiate sexting,” shares the study.
Adam4Adam blog readers, we’d like to hear what you think. Have emojis been successful in getting you laid? If they have, could you share the ones that have given you the most success in the comments below? We’d like to see which ones are the most useful!