Which Emoji Is the Most Popular on Instagram? No, It's Not the Smile

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Why write something out when you can say whatever you want to say with an emoji?

In a new blog post, Instagram notes that emoji use is on the rise and now, nearly half of comments and captions on Instagram contain emoji characters.

So, which one is the most popular? We definitely thought it would be the πŸ˜€ aka the standard smile. Turns out, it's not. According to the chart below, posted by the photo-sharing site, it's actually the lmao emoji.

Given that emojis are sometimes misinterpreted (have you ever received a text from someone using the lmao to say they're crying a sad cry?) Instagram also provided a handy usage reference next to each one listed.
πŸ˜‚ (ranked 1st in emoji usage): lolol, lmao, lololol, lolz, lmfao, lmaoo, lolololol, lol, ahahah, ahahha, loll, ahaha, ahah, lmfaoo, ahha, lmaooo, lolll, lollll, ahahaha, ahhaha, lml, lmfaooo

😍 (ranked 2nd in emoji usage): beautifull, gawgeous, gorgeous, perfff, georgous, gorgous, hottt, goregous, cuteeee, beautifullll, georgeous, baeeeee, hotttt, babeee, sexyyyy, perffff, hawttt

❀ (ranked 3rd in emoji usage): xoxoxox, xoxoxo, xoxo, xoxoxoxo, xoxoxoxoxo, xoxoxoxox, xxoo, oxox, babycakes, muahhhh, mwahh, babe, boobear, loveyou, bunches, muahhh, muahh, xoxox, muahhhhh

πŸ‘(ranked 9th in emoji usage): #keepitup, #fingerscrossed, aswell, haha, #impressed, #yourock, lol, #greatjob, bud, #goodjob, awesome, good, #muchlove, #proudofyou, job, #goodluck

😭(ranked 11th in emoji usage): ughh, ughhh, ughhhh, ugh, uggh, ugghh, ughhhhh, ughhhhhh, ugggh, lolol, wahhhh, rn, oml, uhg, agh, xc, omgg, omfg, omf, lololol, whyyy, loll, wahhhhh, tooo, kms
They also defined some other popular emojis (see them all here) and most of them made perfect sense, but the one that surprised us was this oneπŸ’ƒ, the dancing lady in red, which is apparently "birthday behavior."

One emoji that we know didn't make the most popular list: The eggplant. Why? Because it can't be.
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