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❤ red heart emoji

What does ❤ mean?

The red heart emoji is used in warm emotional contexts. It can be used to express gratitude, love, happiness, hope, or even flirtatiousness.

A few things to note…

A common usage of the red heart emoji is to convey affection or love. A famous example of this is the ubiquitous “I love New York” slogan, which has been adapted to the emoji form “I ❤️ NY.” In this slogan, the heart is a stand-in for the word love. If a text says “I ❤️ u,” it can be read as either “I love you” or, “I heart you.”

Especially when used at the end of a statement, the red heart emoji expresses affection or love. It could appear in a phrase like “You are so wonderful ❤️” as an intensifier to express affection.

In another sense, the red heart emoji expresses gratitude or thanks. It can also be used as a device for flirting; this usage often appears online in conjunction with pornographic images. Finally, it can be used to express being overjoyed at one’s circumstances, which may overlap with gratitude. The number of hearts can vary too. More hearts can be used for emphasis.

While many users of the red heart have the emoji at the end of a sentence or opt to use the classic “I ❤️ X” format, some people choose to use it differently. One of these usages frames a statement visually by putting a heart at both the beginning and end of it. This communicates that a phrase is meant to be read with an uplifting, loving tone in reference to whatever is being accentuated. It might also evoke a feeling of hopefulness in the face of hard times. As such, it has made an appearance on crowdfunding webpages geared at raising money for medical procedures or funerals.

Other people use these hearts to highlight either an achievement, something they are especially happy about, or a relationship or relationship status on their social media profile. It can emphasize anything that a person loves or is happy about. In this context, it’s meant to be more positive, without the sad undertone that medical procedures or funerals might have.

It appears in social media handles in order to cultivate a certain type of online persona. In an online profile, the red heart emoji might be used to put out the message that a person is warm, loving, or open to their followers.

The red heart emoji is sometimes used because of its color as well. It may appear to represent the red stripe of the rainbow pride flag (or other pride flags) along with the other colors, also in heart form.

On Snapchat, this emoji signifies that you have been #1 BFs with a contact for two continuous weeks.

For example…

“❤️Juan unfortunately left us physically but not mentally❤️”

Ivana Guadalupe Garcia, “Pray For Juan ❤️,” YouCaring (November 7, 2016)

“I love my mother more than life itself and that's a fact❤️”

Ari B. @iamarimishell Twitter (April 4, 2017)

“BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE...drove through chikfila and was ready to pay for my food and they said it was on them !!! 💯 - hundred points emoji❤️”

cg @carlygracebodge Twitter (January 12, 2016)

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