If you don’t have a Japanese font installed this survey will be impossible to understand; I do, yet I can barely work out some of these difficult to picture emoji.

Demographics

Over the 19th and 20th of April 2012 1,092 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.5% of the sample were female, 11.3% in their teens, 17.0% in their twenties, 28.4% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 10.2% in their fifties, and 7.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I can picture just a few of them, but I’ll have to add them all to another site of mine, Evoticon.net.

Ranking results

Q: What emoticons are impossible to read without a capacity for imagination? (Sample size=1,092)

Rank   Explanation Score
1 ぬす Flying trapeze 100
2 å°– Droopy-eyed couple kissing 97.7
3 チ゜フ Cat 95.1
4= ã‚€U Dog 90.2
4= でわ Mouse looking over its shoulder 90.2
6 ぷァ Leaping dolphin 89.7
7 (と・てノ) Pteranodon 88.1
8 え゜ぷノ Samurai chopping the head off a peasant 87.7
9 でつ Snoopy 83.5
10 ゛ho シャーー Angry cat 81.3
11 ã‚’ Dangling feet in the water/jumping into a pond feet-first 82.1
12 ん。 Fallen down skier 81.1
13 ç‚Š Arguing 80.3
14 誤 Baseball batter missing a fork ball 80.1
15 é ‚ Cablecar 79.1
16 ブ Titanic 74.7
17 ○(%)。 Ultraman 72.6
18 囘 Baby sleeping in a cot 71.3
19 ぷ。 Bowling 70.4
20 興 Buildings at the end of the road 68.7
21 oh・・・ Bullet time! 68.4
22 のノ Snail 66.7
23 爪 爪 爪 People planting rice in a paddy 66.6
24= AAAAAAAAAAAA Set of 12 coloured pencils 66.3
24= 吠 Person beating a taiko drum 66.3
26 且呉 Praying at a grave 65.7
27 彡ア゜ Ski-jumper 63.8
28 ||:3ミ Bakabon’s Papa (cartoon character) 60.7
29 一ううう Tug of war 57.4
30 ヲ Toilet 56.8

5 Comments

PeterD · July 2, 2012 at 01:20

I must say, the few I did figure out did make me smile. Thanks for posting.

    Lisa · July 16, 2012 at 11:21

    me too lol

Shichiro · July 11, 2012 at 05:24

XD ULTRA MAN! ULTRA MAN SEV-EN!

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