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21 Emojis That Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean in Online Dating

Using emojis in an online dating relationship can be hazardous. Proceed with caution.

Emojis, love them or hate them, are here to stay. When used appropriately, they can add flavor to a conversation. When used inappropriately or in strange contexts, you can end up saying things that you don’t really mean, especially when it comes to online dating or dating in general. Have you ever wondered what it means when a guy or girl sends you an emoji that seems out of place? Wonder no more.


Here are 21 emojis and what they mean in dating. Many of these see pretty regular use among newly dating couples and those meeting for the first time through online dating. What you think these emojis mean when you send them to your date can mean something entirely different to the person on the other end of the text or chat stream.

21. The Infamous Smiling Turd Emoji

Let’s just get this one out of the way, first and foremost. While it’s true that everybody poops, most people won’t think it’s funny if you send them a picture of a smiling turd. Perhaps you’re trying to break the ice. Maybe you want to see if your date has a sense of humor. Even so, bathroom humor usually isn’t the best type of humor to lead with.

What you think it means: I’m fun, carefree, and down to earth.

What your date thinks it means: This person is not for me.

20. The Heartless Kissy Face Emoji

Speaking of hearts, where is the heart in this awkward heartless kissy face emoji? That’s right, it’s not there. Instead, where a sweet kiss may have been intended, you find a strained kissing face instead. Um, no thank you.

What you think it means: I like you but don’t want to move too fast and use the kissy face that’s blowing a heart kiss and scare you off.

What your date thinks it means: OK, why did you just send me a constipated emoji?

19. Lipstick Kiss Emoji

You think your date will like this. It’s romantic, right? Kissing lipstick lips mean you’re ready to have a good time if the opportunity presents itself. Or, maybe you’re simply trying to be friendly. Perhaps you want him to know that you want a kiss at the end of the date. There are too many ways to read into this one and not all of them are good. Put on the brakes and think twice before puckering up over text.

What you think it means: I like you.

What your date thinks it means: Wait, how desperate is this person?

18. Too Many Smiley Face Emojis

A smiley face every now and again isn’t annoying, but one every other sentence is. You may think that you can’t portray a specific emotion through words and texts, but you can. You definitely can, so make more of an effort and type out what you want to say. Let’s see some creativity.

What you think it means: I have a great personality!

What your date thinks it means: They are probably cray cray in real life.

17. Fruit and Vegetable Emojis

Great, you want your dates to know that you eat healthy—that’s good… What’s not so cool is that you included fruits and vegetables in a texting conversation. Really? We just met. Let’s not talk about fruits and vegetables just yet.

What you think it means: If I send this, she’ll be impressed and forget that dumb comment I just said.

What your date thinks it means: Two immature messages in a row? Is this guy for real?

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16. Skull Emojis

OK, so you’re into some gothic stuff. Don’t push the limits. Are you trying to see if your date is interested in skulls too? Are you a Raiders fan? Did you just watch Pirates of the Caribbean? For most people, skulls mean death, and most people are more focused on living.

What you think it means: I am a rebel.

What your date thinks it means: Did they run out of those emojis with yellow skin on their faces?

Written by Vincent Hess

I'm sarcastic and I love writing. I enjoy long walks on the treadmill while imagining I'm on the beach.

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