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People interpret emojis in different ways

Emojis are used very widely by a diverse range of people. A recent study hoped to find how individuals interpret emojis, and if there was a general consensus among individuals about what different emojis meant.

The study, led by researchers from a Research lab, called GroupLens, at the University of Minnesota, found that individuals often view emojis in different ways. The discoveries will be presented in May at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s Conference on Web and Social Media in Germany.

Emojis can be cryptic in meaning. Graphic from Get Emoji
Emojis can be cryptic in meaning. Graphic from Get Emoji

The study discovered that individuals who viewed the same emoji disagreed on if the emoji expressed a negative, neutral or positive feeling approximately 25 percent of the time. For 95 percent of emojis, individuals did not strongly agree on what feeling the emoji expressed.

Each mobile platform has its own version of emojis, because of this, interpreting emojis can be particularly problematic when the sender and the receiver are using separate platforms.

The study’s participants, made up of 334 individuals, rated a total of 125 emojis. They were asked to rate the feeling expressed by an emoji on a scale from –5 (strongly negative) to 5 (strongly positive).

The researchers discovered, on average, that when two individuals viewed the same emoji, their feeling ratings were different by approximately 1.8 points, and when they looked at different versions of the same emoji, their ratings were different by approximately 2 points.

Individuals used contrasting words to describe the different renderings of the same emojis. For instance, when viewing the emoji of a “person raising both hands in celebration” individuals used words like “hand” or “celebrate” to describe the emoji from the Apple version, and words like “exciting” or “high” to describe the Microsoft version.

According to the study, the findings suggest that it would benefit users to merge the design of emojis across all platforms, which could lower the probability of miscommunication.

According to researchers, future studies may determine how individuals view emojis when they are viewed in the context of a text message, or if individuals from separate cultures also view emojis differently. Because the new study only looked at emoji with human characteristics, or anthropomorphic, future studies could investigate how individuals view non-anthropomorphic emojis.

Won’t be giving the middle finger to the new iOS update

Last week Apple released its iOS 9.1 update, marking the first major update to the iOS 9 operating system.

Even though the most exciting update for me was the new emojis, the iOS 9.1 update also introduces many new updates that can be hard-to-find or easily overlooked.

iOS 9.1 is turning out to be a rather major bug-fixing exercise. Including bug fixes for a number of issues that iOS users have been experiencing. And as with most iOS updates, it enhances performance and introduces important security fixes.


The first notable feature includes support for Unicode 7 and 8, introducing a range of 184 more emojis to choose from.

These emojis include the taco, burrito, middle finger, Vulcan Salute, and the unicorn head.

A few of the new emojis released in iOS 9. Graphic from Wired.


Apple has also updated the News app that it launched in the US recently, and also announced that this will now go live in numerous other territories – bringing Apple News to the UK and Australia.

Live Photos

iOS 9.1 includes an update for Live Photos – a brand new feature included with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus – which can now sense when the iPhone is raised or lowered to refrain from recording unnecessary movements. This also cuts down issues related to blurry videos.


iOS 9.1 improves Apple Maps significantly, mainly based on superior data and better search results. Public transport is also included in the iOS 9.1 version of Apple Maps.

Battery Life

Apple has promised that iOS 9.1 will deliver battery life improvements.


New wallpapers of Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and a desert landscape.

A glimpse at the new iOS 9.1 wallpapers. Graphic from Scoopnest.

Aside from these changes, iOS 9.1 includes new features and compatibility updates for upcoming Apple products like the fourth-generation Apple TV and the iPad Pro. The new Apple TV requires iOS 9.1 to be set up using an iOS device.

The update also introduces a new Messages option in the Settings app that is designed to allow users to disable photos for contacts.

From layout issues and stability in the user interface, to updating apps and better multi-tasking, this fourth update to iOS 9 is doing its best to cure a lot of the problems that users have found on the platform.

The new snapchat update will slap you in the face

Have you ever wanted to puke rainbows? Maybe turn into a scary devil monster? Or even get slapped in the face? Well now you can! The new snapchat update has been making dreams come true since September 16, 2015. The update comes with seven new, fun filters and they are adding a different one every day. They added a new face-recognition technology that allows the new filters to match up to your face perfectly, making new effects more fun and realistic. Snapchat is becoming more technologically advanced and is now a popular social media app in the entertainment industry.


Not only does Snapchat have new filters, they also have a new trophy case. The trophy case is accessible by clicking on the ghost icon at the top of the screen and then clicking on the trophy icon. It contains 16 possible trophies to win. However, they are all mysteries. You won’t know how to win a trophy until you meet the unknown requirements each trophy needs. Oooooh….mysteries. People are going crazy, sending the weirdest and most random snapchats in order to win a trophies.


Along with the new filters and trophy case, the new update includes a new loading icon at the top right of every story. It looks better and more sophisticated allowing snapchat to be taken more seriously. It is important when it comes to design features, to make all effects, icons, and text look cohesive and professional.

Snapchat is all about having fun, letting all your friends see what you’re up to day-to-day, and being easy to use. The Snapchat app now explains what all the emoji’s next to your friend’s list mean. This new update is somewhat hidden in your settings menu under additional services. Not only can you now learn what the emoji’s mean, but you can also change the emoji next to your friend’s names if you’re worried about someone snooping in your phone or if you don’t agree with the emoji given to your best friend. Feelings can get hurt when it comes to these important BFF emoji’s so make sure you pay close attention to who snapchat says is important in your life.

Have you ever clicked on a Snapchat from someone and then accidentally clicked off of it too soon? Or have you ever laughed so hard at a snapchat and you really wish you could see it again? Well luckily for you, now you can.

Snapchat has allowed for more than one replay a day for only a small charge. I personally would rather save a dollar than see a snapchat again, but if you are dying to see that hilarious rainbow-puking dude again, go for it! The Snapchat app loves to make people happy and who are they to get in the way of replaying your most embarrassing moment over and over again.

The Snapchat update is all the rage everywhere we go and they continue to become more technologically savvy every day. They can only get more advanced and more popular from here on out.

Mobile education

We all remember those earlier school years and their electronic device policies. Teachers in each classroom would tell students to keep their phones and iPods tucked away and powered down. The principal would hold assemblies talking about the various consequences of texting during class or a ringer going off during a standardized test.

As we have all gotten older, cellphone use is a more normal thing. Even kids in third grade are running around with their smart-phones. As cellphones have become a common household object, they’ve also become cheaper and easily attainable for just about anyone. Accessibility has also made it more and more necessary to have a cellular device.

texting in class
“Smartphones are often used as resources because of their Internet capabilities. They’re quick and easy to use when needing to accessing any sort of information.”

The argument to keep cellphones out of the classroom is a losing one. Not only has the issue become too hard to control, but the argument has also lost much of its validity. Smartphones are often used as resources because of their Internet capabilities. They’re quick and easy to use when accessing any sort of information.

Sometimes it can be very helpful to have students use their phones during class to help everyone learn. Although the concept may seem strange, if we look at smartphones as smaller computers, they have more value in a learning environment.

On the other hand, there’s a reason that cellphones are mostly banned from classroom activity. They can become a distraction to those that carry them into class. Social media like Tumblr, Facebook, and Snapchat, are easily accessed through smartphones. Texting is another huge distraction.

Having so much at your fingertips can completely take you away from learning and the students you are sending messages and emojis to. If they have their phones in calls and respond to you, they’re not fully engaged in class anymore. A phone going off during a test is an embarrassing mistake that more often than not gets you a zero on the exam and booted out of class. There’s a correct time and place for electronic devices.