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Our annual emotions and emojis report is always good fun for the team.
In it, we explore the top used emojis, how we express emotion, and how that plays across different geographies and sectors.
In this blog, we’ll be looking at some of the emotion data from the report – what are the most prominent emotions in online discourse, and what events spark them? For the full analysis, we encourage you to download the free report here.
For the analysis, we used Brandwatch Consumer Research, which categorizes social mentions by emotion depending on their content. Here are the emotions we studied, ranked by volume:
Joy is the most prominent emotion 😄
Words like “love”, “happy” and “good” are often found in the joyful conversations, and family members and friends are mentioned frequently in joyful messages.
Sad conversations are usually about missing loved ones.
Work is often mentioned in the angrier conversations. Be it dissatisfaction with colleagues and clients, or getting up early and working overtime, Twitter users make their frustration clear on the platform.
Bwahahahaha... my feelings when I get asked to work for free, for the second time this week 🤨— 🔴 Kathy Edge 💃💋 (@edgedancefit) June 28, 2019
How many other professions are asked to work for free, after they’ve personally paid out for qualifications, trainings, licenses, memberships etc?!?!#valueyourself #knowyourworth pic.twitter.com/HCBdL9j7Uf
In the tweets that express disgust, many revolve around food. Twitter authors are vocal in sharing their thoughts on food they don’t like and bad restaurant experiences.
Tried to be fancy and order some new shit to eat today at this uppity restaurant.... worst decision of my life...ima stick to chicken tenders and French fries from now on 🙅🏾♀️😖— Brittnie Owens (@blackb3auti_UNC) October 30, 2019
When it comes to fear, many comment on events happening the next day, like exams or interviews.
The most commonly used term for surprised statements is “wow”, and many of the tweets containing this word relate to big soccer games or TV shows like America’s Got Talent.
Surprise is the least common emotion to be expressed online, which makes sense – if surprises happened every day they wouldn’t be surprises!
Let’s take a look at some of the most emotional events of 2019.
Overall, Christmas was the most joyful time of the year, but the holiday that caused the highest peak in joyful conversations in a day was Valentine’s Day. This was followed by Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.
Angry tweets were pretty consistent over the year, but the events that caused the highest peaks were when social media platforms went down and people complained. For example, on March 13 and July 3, Instagram and Facebook were down.
The saddest moments of 2019 came when popular figures in the music industry passed away.
The start of the impeachment trials against Trump (12/16) caused the highest peak in disgusted conversations and the second highest peak was caused by the the victory of the Conservative party in the UK General Election (12/13).
Halloween was the most “fearful” event, due to the spooky nature of the holiday. In fact, people began to chat about spooky Halloween ideas in early October!
The most surprising event was the Champions League semifinal. The surprise was largely due to the fact that in an international tournament, two English teams came out on top.
For more insights, read our extensive Emotions Report and learn:
Special thanks to Michaela Vogl for her analysis work
When we understand the emotions of our customers, we can better cater to their needs. What does the emotional landscape look like online? And what industries/brands come out on top?.