Face with Tears of Joy emoji
Face with Tears of Joy (😂) is an emoji featuring a jovial face laughing, while also crying out tears. It can also be used for joking and teasing. It is the most commonly used emoji on social media websites such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. The emoji is also variously known as the lol emoji, joy emoji, laughing emoji, cry-laugh emoji or the laughing crying emoji.
The emoji is the Emoticons Unicode block: U+1F602 😂 FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY (HTML
Development and usage history
The creation and early development of emojis dates back to the late 1990s in Japan. Although an earlier set of emoji had appeared on the J-Phone in 1997, with limited adoption due to high prices, the first popular emoji set is attributed to Japanese telecommunications planner and NTT DoCoMo employee Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, who sketched illustrations after coming up with the idea of adding simple images to NTT DoCoMo's texting feature. He drew inspiration from Japanese manga where characters are often drawn with symbolic representations called manpu (such as a water drop on a face representing nervousness or confusion), and weather pictograms used to depict weather conditions. These emoji were deployed on DoCoMo's i-Mode service.
The DoCoMo i-Mode set included facial expressions, such as smiley faces, derived from a Japanese visual style commonly found in manga and anime, combined with kaomoji and smiley elements. Although this included several smiley faces, the specific "Face with Tears of Joy" smiley face (😂) appeared as part of emoji sets from au by KDDI and SoftBank Mobile, with 😆 being considered the closest fallback for the DoCoMo set on phones running Android 4.3 Jellybean or earlier.
When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, there was an emoji keyboard intended for Japanese users only. However, after iPhone users in the United States discovered that downloading Japanese apps allowed access to the keyboard, pressure grew to expand the availability of the emoji keyboard beyond Japan, and in 2011, Apple made it a standard iOS feature worldwide. Global popularity of emojis then surged in the early to mid-2010s.
What was officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji by the Unicode Consortium was introduced with the October 2010 release of Unicode 6.0. It was sourced from the SoftBank Mobile and au by KDDI emoji sets. The Face with Tears of Joy emoji is in the Emoticons Unicode block under: U+1F602 😂 FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY (HTML
😂). The cat variant under U+1F639 😹 CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY (HTML
😹) is also available.
The Face with Tears of Joy emoji is encoded as follows:
|Unicode name||FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY||CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY|
|UTF-8||240 159 152 130||F0 9F 98 82||240 159 152 185||F0 9F 98 B9|
|UTF-16||55357 56834||D83D DE02||55357 56889||D83D DE39|
|GB 18030||148 57 252 56||94 39 FC 38||149 48 132 51||95 30 84 33|
|Numeric character reference||😂
|Shift JIS (au by KDDI)||244 104||F4 68||244 103||F4 67|
|Shift JIS (SoftBank 3G)||251 82||FB 52|
|7-bit JIS (au by KDDI)||123 73||7B 49||123 72||7B 48|
|Google name (pre-Unicode)||HAPPY FACE 5||CAT FACE 3|
|CLDR text-to-speech name||face with tears of joy||cat with tears of joy|
In the mid-2010s, the emoji became mainstream; on June 5, 2014, FiveThirtyEight noted that the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji (😂) was the second most used emoji on the Twitter platform, appearing in 278+ million tweets, only behind the "Hearts" emoji (♥️)'s 342+ million figure. Oxford University Press partnered with the mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for global popular emoji usage, detailing that in 2015, 😂 was chosen as Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year because it was the most used emoji, globally, in that respective year. In a blog post, Oxford Dictionaries expressed that the emoji "was chosen as the 'word' that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015." SwiftKey further detailed that the emoji made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US, up from 4% and 9% respectively, in 2014. Oxford Dictionaries president Caspar Grathwohl explained Oxford's choice, stating, "emoji are becoming an increasingly rich form of communication, one that transcends linguistic borders."
In May 2015, Instagram Engineering posted a blog that highlighted Instagram user data, revealing that the emoji was the most popularly used on the Instagram platform. On December 7, 2015, the Twitter Data team tweeted out that the Face with Tears of Joy emoji was the most used on the Twitter platform during the year, with over 6.6 billion uses of it to that point.
On World Emoji Day 2017, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the ten most used emojis on the Facebook platform; the Face with Tears of Joy emoji ranked #1 globally, as well as in United Kingdom. The emoji was also one of the top three most used globally on Facebook's Messenger app. Also during the observance, SwiftKey announced that the emoji was the most used in the United Kingdom during 2016. In 2017, Time reported that for the third consecutive year the emoji "[reigned] supreme on social media".
Twitter users voted this as the most popular emoji "of all time" in 2017, granting it the Lifetime Achievement Award in Emojipedia's annual World Emoji Awards announced on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange for World Emoji Day.
The emoji started to decline in popularity around the early 2020's, because Generation Z associated it with older generations, therefore making it unfunny to them; it has been replaced largely by the sobbing emoji (😭) and skull emoji (💀). However, CNN did note that "sometimes teens and twenty-somethings use emoji -- like the laughing crying one -- ironically, such as by sending six or seven of them in a row to friends, to exaggerate it. But, overall, that emoji is a no-go." Whilst the emoji has maintained its popularity with millennials, Generation Z utilises the emoji as a form of irony. Following the decrease in usage over Twitter the Face with Tears of Joy emoji is no longer the most popular Twitter emoji. Researchers speculate that this decrease in popularity is due to its over-saturation and overuse within online communities.
In November 2013, Brenden Gallagher of Complex ranked the "Laughing Crying Face" emoji at #2 in his "Emoji Power Rankings", writing that "research courtesy of Complex Stats and Information indicates that the Laughing Crying Face has almost reached a point of complete saturation". In response to Oxford's choice to make "😂" their word of the year in 2015, Slate staff writer Katy Waldman commented that "😂 [is] the right linguistic incarnation of yet another complicated year, not to mention a good commentary on the very act of choosing a word of the year. What does it mean? Is it good or bad? It depends! With [the emoji's] intense and inscrutable emotional lability, [it] is less of a word and more of an invitation to invent some sort of meaning".
Regarding the reasoning behind the emoji's popularity, Fred Benenson, author of Emoji Dick, commented that "it is versatile. It can be used to convey joy, obviously, but also 'I'm laughing so hard I'm crying.' So you've got two basic, commonly occurring human emotions covered." Benenson also attributed the emoji's popularity to it being one of the better designed emojis from Apple. Abi Wilkinson, a freelance journalist writing for The Guardian, opined that the Face with Tears of Joy emoji is "the worst emoji of all", describing it as an "obnoxious, chortling little yellow dickhead [with] bulbous, cartoonish tears streaming down its face".
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