At the beginning of the pandemic, 3% of emoji-using Venmo transactions included a โค๏ธ. That made it the most used emoji on the platform in March 2020. One year later the use of โค๏ธ has continued to rise.

Last year, when we conducted a similar analysis, it was ๐Ÿ€ usage that the pandemic affected most, reflecting the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments and their associated betting pools. This year ๐ŸŽ‰ and ๐Ÿฅณ made big comebacks as the world begins to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The portion of these transactions that contained emoji dropped from 41% in March 2020 to 32% in March 2021.

Messages show ๐Ÿ•is typically used to reimburse someone for paying for pizza. Usage dropped considerably in 2021.

Use of the money emoji like ๐Ÿ’ธ, ๐Ÿ’ต, and ๐Ÿ’ฐhave all declined from last yearโ€™s levels. Expense splitting app Splitwise uses these three emoji (and ๐Ÿ”™) in its default Venmo messages. In March 2020, Splitwise was mentioned in 446 messages per 100,000, this year it fell to 408.

Use of โ›ฝ has dropped significantly. Messages show itโ€™s used not only to pay for gasoline, but also with other shared utility expenses.

Transactions including the โ˜• have increased. Compared to 2021, transactions last March using โ˜•showed more messages explicitly supporting front-line workers.

Payments including ๐Ÿ  fell. Itโ€™s the emoji most often used in messages with the word โ€œrent.โ€

Popular gift-giving emoji ๐ŸŽ and ๐ŸŽ‚ were used more this year.

Golf courses have seen a surge of golfers during the pandemic. โ›ณ usage is higher.

Of all the emoji that appeared in at least 0.5% transactions in March 2020, ๐Ÿ˜ท, ๐Ÿงป, and ๐Ÿฆ  were the least used in March 2021.