72% of young adults would rather use emoji instead of words. Image 1.


of people 18-25 years old
find it easier to express themselves
through emoji instead of words


In a recent survey of 18-25 year olds conducted by TalkTalkMobile, 72% say it is easier for them to express themselves with emojis rather than words.

This incredibly high number is one of the driving reasons for the launch of a new package of emojis developed by Swedish children's charity BRIS, which feature emoji characters as victims of domestic abuse.

While shocking at first to see kids with bruises or cut wrists as part of the emoji language, the charity believes it will help children with domestic abuse trauma express themselves better. 

Image: The Independent. Image 2.Image: The Independent

The Emoji IQ Test measures how well users can "read" the images into coherent sentences or feelings. From this test, TalkTalkMobile has determined that four out of ten users between the ages of 18-25 communicate exclusively in emoji. 

Another recent study has indicated that emoji is the fastest growing language in the UK.

More emoji by the numbers:

40% of Instagram comments now contain emojis

63% of texts in Finland contain emojis, compared to 38% in the USA and 20% in Tanzania.

722: Number of emoji characters available in Unicode standard

1999: Year emoji created by Japanese phone provider i-mode

41.5 billion messages and 6 billion emoticons are sent daily, according to Swyft Media