According to Match.com’s 2014 Singles in America survey, which polled more than 5,600 singles, 54 percent of those flirtatiously using emoji had sex this past year.
As for non-emoji users, only 31 percent of the people surveyed reported having sex.
Helen Fisher, an anthropology professor from Rutgers University who aided with the survey, believes emoji help us connect and share nuanced feelings that are often difficult to communicate through texting and social media.
“Technology is dramatically changing how we court, but it can’t change the brain systems for romance and attachment,” Fisher said in a press release.
And, jokes aside, the survey also indicates it’s not just one-night stands Match.com users seek, but relationships and eventual marriage.
As you can see from the chart below, dating without using emoji is practically taboo this day in age.
Most singles avoid using the “female” emoji to try and get a date.
Men are all about the kiss emoji.
While women play it coy with the “smiley.”
But “Most Popular Emoji” goes to the wink, which can indicate anything from a brunch date to a late-night hookup.