Just as smartphones grew in popularity, so too have emojis. There are now more than a thousand emojis. London-based tech firm SwiftKey analysed more than a billion pieces of emoji data, organised by language and country to find out about emoji use.

According to SwiftKey's chief marketing officer, Joe Braidwood, the results were fascinating. People are mostly likely to send happy faces, the study found.

In Australia, the researchers found that emojis that referenced drugs, alcohol, junk food and holidays were used much more than any other nation.He also noted that the French really are hopeless romantics.

They use heart emojis four times more than anyone else. And Arabic speakers are big fans of the rose emoji, using it 10 times more than other language speakers.Spanish-speaking Americans used sad faces more than any other language. "The most popular emoji that they used out of the sad faces was the crying emoji," he said.

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