Something that I find really fascinating about the culture of various groups is how they use emoji vs the textual meaning assigned to the emoji.
With regularity I see the 😂 emoji being used as a way to react to something with laughter. That’s the :joy: emoji. Which I get, the common representation of it is a face with mouth open in a wide grin, and tears coming from the eyes. But the sentiment I see being expressed with its use to me almost always seems more aligned with the 🤣 emoji, the :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing: emoji.
From the textual designation of these emoji it would seem to me that they convey significantly different meanings, but common use among sighted folks conflates them heavily. I don’t know if this is a problem per se (I don’t think it is), but as I am sighted myself I’m not entirely sure.
@dorian I guess it's like a what we'd call a "face saving act": 🤣 is rarer and probably considered a more intense reaction, 😂 is graphically similar but more contained, so if you want to react but don't want to risk overreacting (which can be thought of some sort of social concession, people don't want to look over-eager), 😂 is the safer option, ie, you "save face".