Which do you use more on mobile phone email, emoji or kaomoji? graph of japanese statisticsI’ve previously translated surveys looking at Japanese text emoticons (kaomoji) and at graphical icons (emoji) but now let’s look at a recent survey from BlogCh on emoji and kaomoji.

Demographics

Between the 11th and 13th of June 2008 433 members of the BlogCh monitor panel who owned mobile phones. 53.1% of the sample were male, 15.5% in their twenties, 49.9% in their thirties, 27.0% in their forties, and 7.6% of other ages.

I use emoji almost exclusively, with one of the main reasons being that I cannot remember the meaning of most of the kaomoji! I also occasionally download, or more often save icons from other people’s mobile phone email.

Research results

Q1: Which do you use more on mobile phone email, emoji or kaomoji? (Sample size=433)

  All Male
N=230
Female
N=203
🙂 44.3% 34.8% 55.2%
(^_^) 25.9% 26.5% 25.1%
Don’t use either 29.8% 38.7% 19.7%

Q2: Have you added your own kaomoji to your mobile phone user dictionary? (Sample size=433)

  All Male
N=230
Female
N=203
Yes 18.0% 10.9% 26.1%
No 82.0% 89.1% 73.9%

Q3: Have you ever downloaded emoji? (Sample size=433)

  All Male
N=230
Female
N=203
Yes 20.8% 14.3% 28.1%
No 79.2% 85.7% 71.9%

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