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*Emo*ji-laden communication – when used correctly, at least, and presumably people who use them more are more “fluent” – is has more *emo*tional depth, I’m guessing? And humans are more likely to have sex and/or be friends with with other humans they feel emotionally connected to.
I’m wondering if they controlled for age.
Young people may be more likely to hookup and to use emojis. Older people may be more picky and less likely hookup…and less likely to use emojis.
They’ve got some retiree-aged people too. So I’d be curious how the results look when broken down by age, both the age of the sender and the receiver. And heck, by gender, too.
30’s woman? Maybe less interested in receiving emojis — that guy’s immature.
60’s men/women? Maybe emojis are a playful thing. Or maybe they never use them at all.
18 year olds? Maybe everyone is using emojis, and they’re more likely to hookup.
Who knows? (I hope the researchers do)
How does one control for gender?
How did they do it in this study?
(The paper is freely available so it seems.)
No offense to the researchers, but who cares? Why is this something people are looking at? There’s no possible way to show causality, there’s nothing actionable and it helps nobody.
It means they’re *younger*.