There’s a direct link between emojis and a successful sex life, according to science
Well-placed emojis, like an aubergine or peach, could lead to a better sex life, according to a new pair of studies.
Researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex asked more than 5,000 people how they used emojis when texting a romantic interest.
They found that those who use the symbols are likely to go on more dates and ultimately have more sex.
The initial study found that about three in ten people regularly used emojis when texting a prospective partner, although only 2.6 per cent used one in every message.
More than half of those who said they used emojis felt it gave their messages more personality, while a quarter thought it made it easier to express feelings.
Emojis linked to more sex.
A second, smaller study explored how emoji use translates in the bedroom.
Those who used them when texting their most recent romantic partner were found more likely to have secured a second date.
They were also more likely to have kissed or have had sex with their date, and more likely to have entered into a relationship.
“In today’s digital era where increasing numbers of people are looking for romantic and sexual partners online… the ability to effectively express and interpret emotions can be difficult,” the researchers wrote.
“The results of our studies suggest that emojis can thus be used, at times strategically, to imbue messages with expression in ways that satisfy fundamental human desires for affect, intimate communication, and interpersonal closeness.
“In other words, 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.”
For both studies, scientists spoke to a mostly cis group of people.
The researchers also cautioned that the study did not establish cause and effect.