Led by Darcy Raymond, the researchers asked 692 individuals to evaluate the trait of seven random profiles by merely looking at their “About Me” section—one of which contained too many emojis, the other none at all, and the rest used them in balance. They were also asked to indicate their level of interest in dating the person.
The study found that people were more impressed with profiles containing less emojis. Meanwhile, those who used excessive emojis were perceived “less intelligent” and only a few are interested to date them.
The study did not determine why people associate excessive emoji use with lower intelligence, but the researchers explain that: “If you’re throwing in things that make your message confusing, then we think that’s going to be tied to how your intelligence is perceived.”
Before you edit your dating profile, Kay Vardeleon, RPsy, counseling psychologist at Childfam-Possibilities Psychosocial Services, says don’t try to change the way you want to present yourself just to impress other people.
“It’s easy to make up the persona you want to present to the other person resulting in lesser authenticity,” she says. “Introducing yourself in a way you are not could cause problems in the long run.”
At the end of the day, you really do want your profile to reflect who you are. If they can’t get down with your love for emojis, they are probably not the one for you anyway, right?