Readers like you help support MUO. If you make a purchase through links on our site, we may receive an affiliate commission. Continue reading.
Online communication has relied more and more on emojis over the years. But every year we see some emojis being released and some gaining popularity. So let’s look at the top 18 emojis that were trending in 2022.
1. Face holding back tears
Rated as the most popular emoji of 2022 from Emojipedia, this emoji can be used in different ways. It works great when you want to express sadness, gratitude, or joy.
2. Upside down face 🙃
An upside-down face can convey a variety of meanings, which might explain why it’s so popular. Most people use it in sarcastic or silly situations, but it’s also used to show frustration or awkwardness.
Knowing when to use this emoji is important because it can convey a passive-aggressive feeling.
3. Melting Face
Recently released as part of Emoji 14.0, the melting face is another emoji that became popular in 2022. It is commonly used for hot weather. Alternatively, you can use it to show embarrassment or sarcasm.
4. Pinched fingers
Inspired by the Italian “What do you mean?” gesture, the pinched fingers emoji is used with different meanings. You can use it when you are annoyed, frustrated or want someone to wait. The meaning of this gesture varies from culture to culture, so you need to consider the context.
5. Smiling face with hearts 🥰
This emoji has been popular for a while. It is usually used to show love or affection.
6. Skull 💀
Despite being a fairly old emoji, the skull emoji is gaining popularity among Gen Z and is used to say die laughing. Halloween is also a great time to use this.
7. Pleading face 🥺
The pleading face was another emoji that was trending in 2022. A pleading face is used when making a request or even when you are about to cry. It can also convey adoration or shyness.
8. Blushed face 😳
You can send a flushed face emoji when you feel embarrassed, shy or surprised.
9. Face crying loudly 😭
Loud crying face owes its popularity mostly to younger people who use it to laugh or exaggerate. But it is also often sent when one is overcome with sadness or joy.
10. Heart hands
A relatively newer emoji, heart hands, has quickly gained traction. You can use it to express love, support or appreciation.
11. Eyes 👀
Eye emojis are often used in a sneaky or flirtatious way while scrolling or texting. But it has multiple meanings, so you can use it to attract attention, express shock, or show curiosity.
12. Rolling on the floor laughing 🤣
Rolling on the Floor Laughing was also on the list of the most popular emojis in 2021 and it still enjoys great popularity. Often sent as an alternative to the face with tears of joy, it conveys more intense feelings, especially uncontrollable laughter.
13. Fire 🔥
As you might expect, the fire emoji made it onto this list. The interesting thing is that its meaning depends heavily on the context. Some use it to say excellent, “lit” or “on fire”, while others refer to it as attractive.
14. Flexed biceps 💪
Flexed Biceps emoji is used to express strength and has become popular because it’s commonly used when posting workout photos or talking about fitness. However, it is also used to show support or mental strength.
15. Raise hands 🙌
Most of the time, you see raising hands as a way to celebrate or show gratitude, surprise, or approval.
16. Face with a peeking eye
Face With Peeking Eye is another emoji that was released in September 2021 as part of Emoji 14.0 and quickly gained popularity. It is mostly used in the literal sense, i.e. when you want to look but are too scared or embarrassed.
17. Folded hands 🙏
There seems to be some confusion as to what this emoji really means, but there’s nothing wrong with using it in multiple meanings. Clasped hands can mean anything from a high five to a prayer to gratitude.
It is also used when a person hopes or wishes for something. The gesture is often used in Japan and South Asia to greet or say thank you.
18. Sparkles ✨
Although it’s more than a decade old, the sparkly emoji started trending recently. It was originally introduced to express novelty or cleanliness but now has several positive connotations. It can express celebration, happiness, excitement or beauty.
Express yourself with trendy emojis
Thanks to emojis, you can express your feelings even without typing a word. And as new emojis become more and more popular, it’s good to be aware of the most popular emojis and their true meanings.
This article was previously published on Source link