The world's most popular emoji is controversial, and people are still confused about eggplants

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With less than a day to go until it is World Emoji Day, we’ve decided to reveal the worlds most popular emoji, most confusing emojis and everything in between based on the findings from the 2021 Global Emoji Trend Report. Because seriously, who doesn’t love emojis?! If you don’t - see ya! 👋 And if you do, welcome to the conversation.

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Despite Gen-Z’s opposition, the most popular, still remains the "laughing crying" 😂 emoji. Which go figure, this proud Millennial actually never uses. Whether it be while texting, captioning or commenting, according to Adobe researchers who surveyed 7,000 users across the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea, the following round out the top 5 most often used emojis.

The "thumbs up" 👍 - was second most widely used, with "red heart" ❤️ next. Coming in fourth was the "winking kiss" 😘 and completing the top five, the "sad face with a tear" 😢.

Additionally Adobe's Global Trends Report identified the three most confusing em