One day we will do all of our written communication through emoji, but today is not that day, according to a recent study.
Researchers in Israel tested hundreds of people from 29 different countries, and found that pretty much everyone around the world who reads a work email that contains an emoji immediately thinks the person who wrote it is an idiot. Rather than see the icon and interpret it as an emotional reaction, the readers just think less of the writer. On top of that, if they don’t know the gender of the person, they are more likely to assume the author is female.
The lesson here is that if you are a dude and use emoji in your work emails, it’s probably best to put an eggplant in your signature.