This emoji has been used a lot in Tinder bios this year. (Picture: Getty Images)
Online dating can be a minefield to master, you usually only have a couple of pictures and a bio to get a first impression of someone who could become your partner.
Amongst all the references to the Roman Empire, beige flags and Barbie in Tinder bios, one emoji reigned supreme as the most used in 2023. But understandably, not everyone will know what it means.
It wasn’t the cheeky eggplant or peach emojis, or one of the iconic yellow emoticons. Instead, the Always On emoji (🔛 aka the word ‘on’ with an arrow’) was the most used this year.
According to Tinder’s 2023 Year In Swipe, which looks at the biggest dating trends worldwide on the hugely popular app, the trending emoji has been used by singles to let potential matches know they are ready to try new things and explore a new relationship.
The ‘Always On’ emoji appears in blue or black for Apple and Android users (Picture: Emoji)
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The most used emoji in Tinder bios in 2022 was 🅿️ as a symbol of ‘Pushing P’, a movement inspired by the Gunna, Future and Young Thug song about positivity and ‘keeping it real’.
Tinder says the emoji is meant to signal ‘openness and optimism’, with an eerily familiar example provided that says, ‘I bring positive energy and try to make the best of every situation 🤍🔛’.
Tinder says this year was marked by ‘overarching themes of positivity, optimism and a focus on bettering oneself through making connections and others,’ and the Always On emoji is further proof of this.
Singles are apparently ditching the pressure of rushing to a ‘happily ever after’ in favour of using the dating process to build a roster of new experiences and memories – we’re basically all doing it for the plot.
‘It’s so exciting to see the data at Tinder shows that 69% of Gen Z want to challenge conventional dating and relationship norms,’ says Melissa Hobley, chief marketing officer at Tinder.
‘This year in particular marked a major shift where the journey is more important than the outcome. This new generation of daters is showing us what it means to date for the possibilities, freeing themselves from traditional expectations allowing them to write their own, worthwhile stories.’
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