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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02221

A Systematic Review of Emoji: Current Research and Future Perspectives

 Qiyu Bai1, 2*,  Qi Dan1,  Zhe Mu1 and Maokun Yang1
  • 1Renmin University of China, China
  • 2Research Center of Journalism and Social Development, Renmin University of China, China

A growing body of research explores emoji, which are visual symbols in computer mediated communication (CMC). In the 20 years since the first set of emoji was released, research on it has been on the increase, albeit in a variety of directions. We reviewed the extant body of research on emoji and noted the development, usage, function and application of emoji. In this review article, we provide a systematic review of the extant body of work on emoji, reviewing how they have developed, how they are used differently, what functions they have and what research has been conducted on them in different domains. Furthermore, we summarize directions for future research on this topic.

Keywords: Emoji, Communication, Emotion Expression, semantic expression, Systematic review

Received: 14 Jun 2019; Accepted: 17 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Bai, Dan, Mu and Yang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Qiyu Bai, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China,