The number one emoji NOT to use when messaging on Tinder

Publish Date
Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 1:58PM

It's not easy being single. 

First of all, you have to get that match on Tinder/Bumble/Grindr but then you have to work out what to message them?!

You don't want to come off too strong, but then you also don't want to play it too cool in case they don't think you're interested and move on. 

Luckily, dating site Attractive World have used their dating expertise to help you at least figure out what emojis to use/not use when messaging your potential future bae. 

They've compiled a list of what emojis to avoid and number #1 is fairly obvious...


Let’s be frank. The eggplant (aubergine) emoji is rarely used to express one’s love of vegetables. If you’re sending this, you’re either trolling for dick pics or asking your mum for a veggie lasagne recipe. We see you.


While we’re on the topic of food, beware the peach. Although it’s been updated to look only slightly more fruit-like (after the original update was met with mass protest), the true meaning has remained. Ladies, if he sends you that, his mind is firmly on one thing; particularly when paired with the “fire” emoji.

Face with Stuck-Out Tongue & Winking Eye

This emoji needs to calm itself. Either wink or stick your tongue out. It’s never appropriate to do both. And if you give it a go, it definitely seems you're trying too hard. Just think. Would you ever actually make this face IRL?

Winking Face

Let us ask you this: how often do you wink at people in the flesh? How often does it actually have the desired effect? We thought as much. If you’re sending this to someone you’ve never actually met before, at least wait until you’ve exchanged a message or two – no opening line winking faces please, boys.

Face Blowing a Kiss

Another one to avoid in an opening message, unless you’re going straight in for the proposal. Would you send the rose and/or engagement ring? No – it’s too soon. Once the conversation’s in full flow, you’ve met up a few times, it’s all going well, then you can drop the heart kiss. But avoid the cat alternative.

See the full list of emojis to avoid here.

Think that you're messaging a duckboy (AKA a f*ckboy) who's using the above emojis but you're not 100% sure? Our resident duckboy will tell you - just register here!