CAMBRIDGE, MA—A groundbreaking peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Social Media Research found that statements made with a clapping hand emoji placed between each word are impossible to refute. While the study revealed that placing a clapping hand emoji “here and there” in your text makes it harder to refute, placing the emoji between every single world results in 100% irrefutability.
“This study shows that the clapping hands emoji works,” said study co-author Sandra Klein, Ph.D., senior staff scientist at Social Media Science Research out of Harvard University. “Think about it. Have you ever been somewhere when people applauded and then after that, someone refuted that applause? No, you haven’t. It turns out valid arguments are not made with facts and figures but with the excessive emoji usage.”
The study tested various statements from four diverse American families in Oakland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Baltimore, ranging from partially true to downright ridiculous. For instance, a woman from Oakland posted, “Walls👏🏻 Are 👏🏻 Wrong! 👏🏻” receiving 37 likes and 16 comments, none of which refuted the original statement. A Baltimore man posted the statement, “Chinchillas 👏🏻 Are 👏🏻 Not 👏🏻 Emotional!👏🏻” and received no refutations. Finally, a teenage girl from Atlanta posted the statement, “God 👏🏻 is 👏🏻 a 👏🏻 wombat 👏🏻 named 👏🏻 Douglas 👏🏻 with 👏🏻 seven 👏🏻 heads 👏🏻 and 👏🏻 a 👏🏻 horrible 👏🏻 rash! 👏🏻” and received no responses that negated it.
Some doubts have been aimed at the study by those who believe an argument cannot be made true simply by adding emojis between the words. To this criticism, the scientists behind the study replied, “Our 👏🏻 Study 👏🏻 Is 👏🏻 Irrefutable! 👏🏻.”