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Using emojis when flirting is like adding sugar to a stranger’s cup of tea.
Add too little and things start to taste a little bitter. Add too much and suddenly the taste becomes too overwhelming.
But it turns out the more emojis you use the higher your chances of getting lucky, according to research published in the journal PLoS ONE.
Two studies by researchers at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Lake Forest College in Illinois looked at how people are using emojis to develop online relationships.
The first studied more than 5,300 single Americans adult participants and found that about 30% say they use emojis with their dates.
“Emojis appear to be an important aspect of social behaviour in today’s digital world that can be used strategically as affective signals, particularly in the domain of human courtship,” concluded the paper.
A majority of the participants claim their use of emojis help them to better express themselves versus strictly plain text.
These findings would be especially useful to those chatting over social media and online dating apps like Tinder.
The studies also found frequent emoji users were more “successful at building connections involving attraction, chemistry, and comfort — essential components for engaging in physical intimacy.”
In the second study analyzed 275 single American participants researchers and found frequent emoji users went on more than one date.
The results confirmed that flirting with emojis help maintain romantic connections on first dates and increase chances of establishing a relationship in the future.
It might be time you to step up your emojitional connection.
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