Let me begin by asking you a question, how many times have you sent (and received) a smiley emoji today?
There are 2 billion smartphone users worldwide. On those devices, some 41.5 billion messages and 6 billion emoticons or stickers are sent around the world every day on mobile messaging apps, according to branded digital startup Swyft Media.
With the evolution of visual communications, we are now able to smile to one another even if we are not face to face. We send a smiley!
Which Emoticon Is Winning The Popularity Contest?
No surprise there. However, country-specific data revealed that the French are the most amorous, sending more hearts than any other region.
Smiling is not just a universal means of communicating, it’s also a frequent one. More than 30% of us smile more than 20 times a day and less than 14% of us smile less than 5 times a day. In fact, those with the greatest superpowers are actually children, who smile as many as 400 times per day!
Powerful (and famous) smile
Mona Lisa, Painting by Leonardo da Vinci
For nearly 500 years, people have been gazing at Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of the Mona Lisa with a sense of bafflement. First she is smiling. Then the smile fades. ... The Italians have a word to explain Mona Lisa's smile: sfumato. It means blurry, ambiguous and up to the imagination.
Not All Smiles are Created Equal!
Certainly not. There are true and fake smiles!
Of 19 different types of smile, only six occur when we’re having a good time. The rest happen when we’re in pain, embarrassed, uncomfortable, horrified or even miserable. A smile may mean contempt, anger or incredulity, that we’re lying or that we’ve lost.
Genuine, happy smiles exist as a reward for when we’ve done something helpful to our survival, the ‘non-enjoyment’ smiles are less about what you’re feeling inside and more about what you want to signal to others. “Some evolved to signal that we’re cooperative and non-threatening; others have evolved to let people know, without aggression, that we are superior to them in this present interaction,” says Paula Niedenthal, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Many are polite gestures which demonstrate that we’re following the rules. But they can also be an effective way of manipulating others or distracting them from our true feelings. More often than not, the universal symbol of happiness is used as a mask.
Bubblelingo Happy Emoji (Happy Lingo)
One of Bubblelingo's expressions is Happy, perfectly rounded face, wide open smile revealing his bright white teeth and love-filled eyes. Check out the rest of its emoji expressions here.
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