Where does come from?
English speakers have been using the term broken heart as a figure of extreme sadness or despair, particularly resulting from romantic failures, since the early 1500s. It’s only fitting that this vivid metaphor would make its way into emoji form under Unicode 6.0 in 2010.
Across platforms, the broken heart emoji appears as a red or pink heart with a jagged crack down its center, as the screenshot from Emojipedia shows below. The styling of the broken heart emojiis based on the vendor’s other heart emoji.
Who uses ?
Online, use of the broken heart emoji spikes around sad news, discussions of depression or heart disease, the release of popular media dealing with romantic breakups, and, of course, personal matters of love and loss.
Day 11: June 11,2017 the day we broke up. The first day started of my miserable life without you. The day I lost myself and looking for my worth. The day you left me and choose her. 🙂 1year past, it really hurts💔 happy independence tomorrow everyone. Still i really love you.
— Alyy🌹 (@BalanaAlyssa) June 11, 2018
When a beloved celebrity dies, social media is flooded with the broken heart emoji as users express their grief.
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) April 24, 2016
It’s not always that serious, though, as the broken heart emoji can be more hyperbolic, expressing a kind of ironic longing.
I just want Chick-fil-A 💔💔💔
— kennedy marie (@Kmbandy321) June 29, 2016
The emoji can also signify a heartbreaker, an attractive but unattainable or closed-off person.
— TaeTaeV36 (@TaeTaeV36) June 9, 2018
D A M N N N N N 🔥🔥🔥🔥💔 pic.twitter.com/HmkVA3wqw2
— bubé (@medina_menxhiqi) June 8, 2018
It’s not uncommon to see users actually replace the phrases heartbreak, heart breaks, or a broken heart with the broken heart emoji.
Debbie Reynolds died the day after Carrie Fisher. I absolutely think it’s 💔.
— Just1person (@ShariGoldfinge1) April 23, 2018
A parting tidbit for you: A 2016 emoji analysis revealed that the broken heart emoji appeared in French language posts four times more often than in other languages. C’est la vie.