Study Finds People Who Use Emojis Have More Sex.

An emoji is worth a thousand sexts

Do emoji users have more sex?
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By Kayla Kibbe / August 21, 2019 6:00 am

Emojis have always been about sex. While some emojis were presumably designed with amorous intentions in mind — the coy wink and the knowing smirk — some of the more overtly sexual icons in the emoji catalogue got their start as humble fruits and vegetables before being unanimously thrust to sex symbol status by a collective union of horniness and creativity. 

Whether eggplant or mailbox, emojis have always carried some sexual connotation, so it’s no surprise a new study found emoji users are more sexually active than the emoji-averse. As Cnet reported, a Kinsey Institute survey of over 5,000 participants found a positive correlation between increased emoji use and sex. Moreover, the study also suggested similar correlations linking emoji use to success other key aspects of dating and relationships. According to the study, frequent emoji users went on more dates and were more likely to kiss on first dates.

While the study identified an association between emoji use and physical intimacy, it did not claim causality, which is to say peppering more emojis into your Tinder conversations isn’t necessarily going to get you laid.

The study did find, however, “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.” This, according to the study, “suggests that those who use emojis more often in this context are more successful at establishing connection and thus enjoy more opportunities for romantic and sexual engagement.”

In other words, if you’re the kind of person who uses emojis, you’re probably also the kind of person who is already good at the kinds of social interaction that lead to sex. Then again, sprinkling in an extra emoji here and there could be a good way to start faking it till you make it. So, to summarize, will spamming ever Tinder match with eggplant emojis get you laid? Probably not. But is it worth a shot? Well, it’s not an exact science, but also probably not.

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