WeChat Unveils Every Age Group's Favorite Emoji

By Ryan Gandolfo, January 10, 2019

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On January 9, WeChat released their 2018 statistics report, which provided an inside look into how significant a role WeChat plays in our daily lives. Along with the report, users could also learn how many days they’ve been using the social app, with some users sharing their WeChat lifetime on both WeChat and Weibo.

The data, which was compiled from January to September, 2018, focuses on multiple facets of users’ lives, including sleeping patterns, commuting, eating, reading and more. The company also divided users into age groups, categorizing them by decade of birth. WeChat also used this decade-oriented data to track trends from previous years and highlight some significant changes.

In a comical turn, the tech company used their sea of data to determine which emoji each age group uses the most. See below to find which emoji best defines your age group!

2000s – Facepalm

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1990s – Face With Tears of Joy  

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1980s – Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes


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1970s –  Face with Hand Over Mouth


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55 Years and Older – Thumbs up


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The study included both macro and micro findings, which speaks to the amount of data they’ve collected over the years…

According to WeChat, over one billion people use the app every month, which includes 63 million people over 55 years old. Everyday 45 billion messages are sent on the social media platform, while 410 million video or voice calls are made every 24 hours. 

Elsewhere, WeChat uncovered some interesting trends about each age group (perks of having over 1 billion active users). Users born in the ’00s have proven to be especially active on WeChat after 10pm, with the report noting that this age group gets the least amount of sleep. The study also notes that beverage and sweet purchases by ’00s users increased by 230 percent compared to last year.

As for ’90s users, the report referred to this group as ‘late birds’ for their tendency to wake up late. It could simply be that ’90s users are dreading their public transportation commute, which they take 25 times each month. Meanwhile, ’80s users are applauded for their fervent interest in reading and working. In the report, users born in the ’70s are called out for their obsession with checking their friend circle, WeChat’s primary newsfeed. The study also notes that this decade of individuals goes to sleep around 11.30pm each night.

WeChat concluded the report with findings on how more and more people are using WeChat to pay for things such as transportation, shopping and food. The number of people using WeChat to buy food or pay the bill at a restaurant each month has more than doubled since the previous year.

READ MORE: Alipay Uses Fun Cartoons to Show Your Yearly Spending Habits 

[Screengrab by Ryan Gandolfo/That’s]

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