(In a survey conducted by TalkTalk Mobile, 8 in 10 people use emoji symbols in emails and text messages, and 72% of British 18 to 25-year-olds said they found it easier to put their feelings across in emoji icons than in text.
The 10 most popular emojis are as follows:-
1- Smiley Face
2- Crying with laughter
3- Love heart
5- Thumbs up
6- Cheeky face
7- Blowing a kiss
8- Winking face
10- See no evil monkey
However, different language speakers have their own preferences:-
Canadians seemingly enjoy using the smiling poop emoji.
Russian speakers use 3 times as many romantic emojis.
Australians like emojis with an alcoholic and / or drug related theme.
Americans have a penchant for the aubergine (egg plant) emoji.
Sources: SwiftKey / BBC