The use of these 6 emojis spiked during quarantine, according to Twitter

  • Twitter released the "Twitter From Home" report on Tuesday, showing what media United States Twitter users have been talking about. 
  • The report tracked notable increases and decreases in emoji use from March 1 to September 1, 2020, comparing to the same period in 2019.
  • As conversations on Twitter shifted towards the novel coronavirus and our means of dealing with its spread, the microbe emoji saw a 1662% increase in use, according to the platform.
  • Other emoji, like the toilet paper emoji and the soap emoji also saw usage increases of 475% and 100% under the same parameters, respectively.
  • The Twitter report also found that use of hobby-related emojis like the joystick emoji and knitting emoji also saw growth in 2020, with percent increases of 88% and 67%, respectively.
  • Some emoji saw a decline in use compared to the same six-month period in timeline. The haircut emoji saw a 32% decrease in use, as did the selfie emoji.
  • Political issues also seemingly shaped emoji use: as concerns rose about the fate of the United States Postal Service's amid a funding crisis and its implications for the November 2020 election, use of the mailbox emoji increased by 529%.
  • The "Twitter From Home" report also released insights about musicians (BTS was the most tweeted about music artist) and other entertainment like movies and TV. 
  • Check out a summary of emoji use increases and decreases below.
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The most used emojis on Twitter during the past six months of quarantine.

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