Stickers might be the new trend, but still users love to use those beloved emotions or emoji that they have been using for years. According to Blackberry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB), millions of emotions or emoji are used by the users on its platform. The usage of these are tracked by BlackBerry on BBM, and a list of the most used ones for a week in September has been made public.

Comparison across various social platforms

Smiley faces have secured the top three positions among the most popular emoticons, and this indicates that most of the BBM users are cheerful people. Emoticons representing positive emotions hold the top six positions.

If we take a look at the list of most popular Twitter emojis then we get to see some interesting differences. The most preferred are the heart icons, and it has acquired multiple positions – No.1, 4, 7, 8 and 15. This leads us to conclude that users of Blackberry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) BBM are much happier and well-adjusted than Twitter users who are inclined towards hero-worship and blind devotion, says a report from N4bb.

WhatsApp users are more inclined towards using a completely different set of emoticons. If we make a study of the most used WhatsApp icons we find that the top three emojis are the screaming shocker face, a face winking with the tongue sticking out and face that seems to laugh till it cries.

What makes emoticons and emoji special?

The way a human brain processes faces in a similar manner it processes emoticons as well, says a research conducted recently. We get to understand thing better this way. Communications that take place face to face are said to be easier and more effective. Similarly the texts and chats that make use of emoticons make the experience a better one for the parties involved. The person making use of emojis and emoticons gets the feeling that he or she is getting the point across in a better manner. Also, the recipient gets to understand clearly what the sender has to say.

Chats made using emoticons give a feeling of personal interaction to the parties involved. Smileys and emoticons, also, help in winning friends and influencing people as indicated by another study.

You can watch the full list here.