Where does come from?
Face with rolling eyes goes by a lot of other names, including eye-roll, eye-rolling, roll eye, rolling eye(s), and rollover-eyes emoji
— David S. Anderson (@DSAArchaeology) October 10, 2018
Face with rolling eyes debuted in summer 2015 as part of a much-hyped batch of new emoji released by the Unicode Consortium. In February 2016, emoji keyboard provider EmojiXpress found that face with rolling eyes was the most popular emoji being used among Unicode’s new set by iPhone users at the time. At points in March 2017, Emojipedia featured face with rolling eyes as one of the most popular emoji on its site.
Face with rolling eyes hasn’t just been popular, though. Some think it can be quite useful in addressing the ambiguity that riddles electronic communication. As Ashley Fetters argued in April 2016 for GQ, face with rolling eyes can function as a much-needed sarcastic tone marker, indicating that a message should be read as ironic, thus eliminating any confusion.
how shocking. 🙄
“White supremacists committed most extremist killings in 2017
ADL says” https://t.co/eAxw4fa37D
— Atheist Girl 🦄 #VoteBlue 🌊🏳️🌈 (@iamAtheistGirl) October 13, 2018
Who uses ?
The shades of exasperation face with rolling eyes can convey are just as numerous as its names. Like the eye-rolling gesture it depicts, users primarily employ face with rolling eyes to show, with varying degrees of intensity, that they find someone or something irritating, uninteresting, unbelievable, undeserving, or unimpressive. The emoji can roughly translate as “You’ve got to be kidding me,” “You can’t be serious,” or “I don’t have time for this.” Face with rolling eyes can also carry the force of a resigned sigh or “duh.”
Not actually sure what's more depressing – that people are selling these or that people are buying them 🙄 – https://t.co/3W5IbC2MOF
— Mrs Chris M (@CSM76) October 13, 2018
Face with rolling eyes enjoys wide use among a variety of users. However, it looks very different across different devices and operating systems. Depending what device you see it on, the emoji’s skyward-glancing eyes can look more thoughtful, anxious, or coy, and less contemptuous, which, for new users, could cause some miscommunication.