MALAYSIANS apparently love the sleepy emoji over everything else using it twice the average according to an unusual study by SwiftKey.

The third-part smartphone app maker recently released its first emoji report after analysing more than 60 categories of emoji used by speakers of 16 languages around the world.

The report identifies people by their choice of keyboard and shows where each country rules the world and it says Malaysians are big users of the hand gestures (thumbs up, OK, clapping, peace signs), female (women raising hand), funny (farts and poops sign), transport and farm animals categories.

As far as farm animals are concerned, we lead the global farm animal category usage and the most used signs are pigs and rams followed frogs and turtles (non-farm)

When it came to emoji diversity and sentiments, Malaysia according to the study is most emoji savvy and we are also among the countries that exhibit positive ‘languages’ — through emoji usage, — meaning we convey our sentiments through positive emojis much more than a lot of other countries. However, among all the positive users, France took the lead with 86% while Malaysia came in last with a score of 60%.

Australia’s top news site news.com.au reported other interesting finds which include France’s obsession with ‘love’ emojis and the Russians’ affair with ‘romantic’ expressions.

The report by the news site also shows Australians use ‘alcohol’ emoji at twice that global average, ‘drug’ emoji 70% more than average, ‘holidays’ 60% more than average, ‘junk food’ twice the average and lead the global use of ‘rabbit’ emoji

Other findings according to the report show that Canadians score highest in money, raunchy, violent and sports categories that are perceivably dominated by Americans.

Flowers and plants emoji are used four times more the average rate by Arabic language speakers while Americans lead a random assortment of emoji and categories including skulls, birthday cake, fire, tech LGBT, meat and female-oriented gestures.

According to SwiftKey, the findings are taken from their Cloud database that is occasionally analysed to identify aggregate and trends on how people use words and emojis.

View the original report here: http://swiftkey.com/en/blog/americans-love-skulls-brazilians-love-cats-swiftkey-emoji-meanings-report/

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