What does the emoticon QQ mean

Angel Baby, really?!?!?

As we all know, texting has become a major form of communication in all areas of life over the past decade or so, particularly in the realm of dating and relationships.

Specifically, the wide variety of emojis available on social media, dating apps, and customizable keyboards for both iPhones and Androids emojis have evolved into their own little sub-form of communication.

Some believe that when it comes to emojis, less is more, depending on who you're chatting with, of course.

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As Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and one of the leaders of Match's annual Singles in America survey told TIME Magazine, “It turns out that 54% of emoji users had sex in 2014 compared to 31% of singles who did not."

So, no matter how you feel about emoticons, whether on Snapchat, Facebook, or in text messages, it's a whole new ball game when you're trying to get your flirt on.

“Emoji users don’t just have more sex, they go on more dates and they are two times more likely to want to get married,” Fisher continued. “Sixty-two percent of emoji users want to get married compared to 30% of people who never used an emoji ... that’s pretty good.”

A study of more than 4,000 online daters by Zoosk revealed that the emojis really do make a difference.

More specifically? Noses matter!

Using this emoticon :-) increases your likelihood of getting a response by 13 percent, while using this : ) makes you 66 percent more likely to be ignored.

So what can you do to send the right message when you're looking for love and flirting with men and women online, in texts and on dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Hinge?

Learn how to take it to the next level by brushing up on the meanings of emoticons and emojis, as well as how and and when you should utilize them to get yourself into the sexiest of situations possible, rather than leaving you wondering why your DMs and texts with the person you were digging suddenly came to a halting screech.

Here are the meanings behind 10 of the most popular emojis used on social media like Snapchat and Facebook, DMs on dating apps, and texts, plus how and when you should — and shouldn't — use them.

1. Kissing Face With Closed Eyes (aka The Blush)

If there is one thing that translates just as well through technology as in real life, it's blushing. Luckily for us, there's a handy emoji that combines a peck-on-the-cheek with a subtle blush. This emoticon can have one of two meanings. Either you are tickled pink by what you just read, or you're completely satisfied and speechless.

When to use: The Kissing Face With Closed Eyes is best used when your man has said or done something sweet and you feel he needs to be rewarded … with an emoticon.

2. Face With Stuck-Out Tongue & Tightly Closed Eyes (aka The Tongue)

This emoticon is perfect for everyday flirting as it makes sense in an array of different situations. Face With Stuck-Out Tongue & Tightly Closed Eyes has a carefree playfulness to it that reacts well with jokes and witty one-liners.

When to use: To let him know you appreciate his sense of humor, add this one to your comeback and your flirty repartee is sure to continue for hours to come.

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3. Smiling Face With Heart Eyes (aka Crazy Hearts)

This little guy is so often taken in the wrong context that it's hard to know when to add this to one of your sexy one-liners. When flirting over text, it is in your relationship's best interest to use Smiling Face With Heart Eyes sparingly. If you're casually typing this after every other sentence, homeboy might get a little freaked out and think you're obsessed.

When to use: The perfect time to add a dash of hearts is after a fun date. This would be a go-to when you want to ooze excitement but not seem overly invested.

4. Winking Face

Perhaps the most classic in the emoticon arsenal, Winking Face (aka Winky) is a fan favorite, and for good reason. It sends a straightforward message that you are detecting the underlying innuendo behind his words, and that you like it. A lot.

When to use: If you're done beating around the bush, feel free to send a scandalous message with a wink in order to get your point across. Winky is one he will never get sick of receiving and will always make you look like the cool girl.

5. Smiling Face With Halo (aka Angel Baby)

The number one rule of emoticons is that Angel Baby means sex. There's really no way around it. Putting Angel Baby in any sentence simply says, "I am d-o-w-n to get dirty." Don't let the angelic face fool you. It is basically the foreplay of the emoji world.

When to use: Whether you send it first or he does, there is bound to be some naughty action taking place as soon as you are face-to-face. You've been warned.

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6. Smirking/Whimsical Face (aka Hey There)

Subtle raise of the eyebrows, slight smile playing on the lips, sideways glance — yup, signs are all there. The words behind this emotion are pretty clear and come right out of the mouth of Joey from Friends: "How you doin''?"

When to use: If you're liking what he's throwing out there, Hey There has to find a way to make it into your response. Words can only say so much. Once you send a Hey There, there's no returning to friend territory.

7. Face Throwing a Kiss (aka Hot Lips)

A less steamy version of Angel Baby, Hot Lips is more appropriate for those with a pre-hookup status.

When to use: To let him know you can't stop thinking about his steamy kisses, send him a Hot Lips paired with an "XO" to get his wheels turning. It's all about planting the seed, and Hot Lips does just that. Alternative: make your own Hot Lips by sending a quick snap after you've applied your fave lipstick.

8. See-No-Evil Monkey

Hear me out on this one. Sending facial expressions is all flirty and fun, but he's received those from tons of girls.

When to use: Want to stand out from the pack? Send a quirky emoticon like my personal favorite, "See No Evil" Monkey, to get him to take notice immediately. The great thing about this one is you can pretty much add it to any sentence and it'll make him laugh, especially if you catch him off guard (aka send absolutely no emojis for a few days and then wham bam with the monkey). Just beware of overuse — its effect will wear off quickly and may end up turning you into a lobster from embarrassment.

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9. Woman Gesturing OK (aka Tell Me I'm Pretty)

This emoji is meant to be an OK, but I prefer to use it slightly different. More like a flirty, "Thank you."

When to use: This emoji is best used to show humbling gratitude for a compliment.

10. Smiling Face With Horns (aka Devilish)

The perfect balance between naughty and innocently flirtatious, this is no eggplant emoji, but it will definitely get the point across.

When to use: While this emoji can definitely be packed into a sexting conversation, it can also be used to confirm that you're in fact making a joke when it may otherwise be unclear. Those awkward, unknowing moments can break a nice flirty chat, quickly.

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Alex Alexander is a frequent contributor to YourTango.