As seasons change, so does the type of emoji we use. Since emojis tend to be a reflection of humanity and their environment, there’s really nothing unusual about that. As a matter of fact, come winter, expect a lot of cold emojis on your social media feeds and SMS messages — and maybe a little more after that, as the emoji isn’t exclusively made for just the cold seasons.
Admittedly, an emoji with icicles or snowflakes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about summer. Nevertheless, as people do things to cool their bodies down, like visit cold places, or drink chilled drinks, they usually lean toward a cold emoji or too to share their experiences, most especially when things go overboard.
Brrr! Make sure you’re dressed warmly. If you don’t, you’ll end up like this guy! He exposed himself way too much to the cold and it has transformed him — from a conventional yellow-skinned emoji to a blue face! A face with clenched teeth and sharp pieces of icicles or tiny bits of snowflakes around its face.
What Does It Mean?
Today, we shine the spotlight on one of the most popular types of cold emoji — mister Cold Face. Sometimes known as the freeze emoji, the 🥶 Cold Face emoji is used to describe winter weather and cold temperatures.
When used in a metaphorical way, manner, or sense, the emoji suggests being a snob or having a “cold” and unfriendly attitude. Include the cold face in a chat if you had a chilly, harsh interaction with someone else, and you’re talking about it to another person.
The encounter could be about a snooty customer you bumped heads with at the grocery or a celebrity you met but refused to have a selfie with you. These are just suggestions, of course; feel free to make your own.
Here’s another way to use it — share it to notify someone that what they said or did have made you shudder. Perhaps they talked about sleeping in the snow the whole night, falling into a lake made of ice, or simply hanging out in the cold.
In some instances, the cold face emoji is also used to show being finally numb to drama. A toxic workplace or a stifling family set-up where the drama originates doesn’t really matter; as long as you’re immune to it, the cold face will be a perfect fit. To make your post feel much more intense, before the ice emoji face, sneak in an 😑 Expressionless Face emoji or a 🙅 Person Gesturing No emoji.
Cold Face Emoji on Different Platforms
The shade of blue depicted in cold face varies, based on the emoji provider being used. Apple and Microsoft portray the emoji as mostly being dark blue. All the other platforms (Samsung, Facebook, Twitter, and JoyPixel) opted for a more blueish-white style.
Another feature considerably different in each platform is the icicles on cold face emoji. Standing out from the rest are Google and WhatsApp; they’re the only two platforms that display snowflakes instead of icicles. There’s another thing that makes Google’s emoji art more interesting — it’s the blob of snow on the left side of the smiley. Google’s the only platform with that specific design feature or nuance.
Moreover, if you receive the emoji on a Windows device, or through WhatsApp, Facebook, or Twitter, you’ll see a pair of black eyebrows near the top of the smiley. But if you do the same thing on an iOS, Samsung device, through Google, or JoyPixels, we guarantee you won’t see one. As for its overall design, if you plan to send the cold face to a kid or a cartoon lover, they’ll probably enjoy Microsoft’s comical depiction a bit more. Among all the platforms, this one contains the kookiest design by far, as seen by its big eyes, and adorable expression.
Design Fusion of the Cold Emoji
Nothing gets past emoji users, especially those who’ve been in the game for quite some time now. They’re the first to notice new types of emojis entering the market, as well as the additional meanings for the old ones.
In 2018, when the cold face emoji was introduced to the public under the name Freezing Face, users noticed it contained the same expression as one seen on Apple’s 😬 Grimacing Face emoji.
This is actually not an uncommon pattern in emojis, thanks to technology even users can create their own mashups. Apps like Kapwing studio allow them to do this. Kapwing allows users to put together whole emojis or parts of emojis in order to build new ones. However, the cold face emoji was not built that way; professional emoji designers worked on it and it went through numerous approvals before being released by the Unicode Consortium, an emoji gatekeeper organization responsible in charge of preserving and developing new emojis. They develop guidelines, solicit opinions, and codify standards for platform vendors to follow.
Chilly Emoji Combos
Are your chats or posts about your cool escapades starting to look like a mini-novel? If yes, then maybe it’s time to look for new ways to express oneself online. Mashing up emojis and placing one after the other — that’ll do the trick in a fun and easy way!
Below, we’ve listed a few creative emoji combinations for you to try featuring different cold emojis. Once you’ve completed those, feel free to make your own.
🥶😨😰 – Share this emoji to show you’re freezing and you’re beginning to not enjoy it.
🥶🔥🍲 – Sipping on a bowl of soup to warm up your body.
😬➕❄️➡️🥶 – Fun way to show you’re cold.
😠🧥🧣🥶 – When you’re tired of the cold.
🗻🚶🥶 – Feeling cold while on a trip to the mountains.
😂❄️🤾♀️⚪🥶 – Freezing while playing with snowballs outside.
❄️🧊🎣🥶 – Feeling very cold while going ice fishing.
🥶🤧❄️🌡 – Catching a cold in the cold weather.
👨👩👧👦🤾♀️🥶 – Playing games with the family in the bitter cold.
When You’re Hot And You’re Cold
After a day in the sun, the temptation to hang out in a cold room is stronger than ever before. But is it good for you? Experts say a sudden change in temperature puts the body under stress by forcing it to transition from a heated environment to an air-conditioned one. The fast temperature drop makes the skin, nose, and eyes go dry. What’s worse, temperature fluctuations might even cause respiratory infections and muscle spasms.
You don’t want that to happen to you, so what can be done? The first tip is a no-brainer: to avoid alternating between extreme temperatures. If you are sitting in a cold room and need to walk outside, turn off the AC for a few minutes. This is so the heat outside does not seem too harsh on your body. When you return from outside, instead of immediately turning on the air conditioner, switch to a fan or cooler.
Furthermore, experts recommend the ideal temperature inside closed spaces such as houses, malls, and offices be 24–25 degrees Celsius. Of course, this will also depend on the comfort level of the people inside it.
To wrap things up, as illustrated above, flexibility is clearly part of what makes emojis so fun to use. As the first language born in the digital world, emojis are recognizable and understood by people all over. Even a “seasonal emoji” like the cold face emoji can be used 12 months in a year when executed in a unique and creative way.
At the same time, care should be taken if you plan to use any emoji in an abrasive way. An article in the news website Best Life states that using negative emojis in text messages or social media posts can lead people to have the impression you are cold or that you have a cold persona.
According to Best Life, the conclusion was drawn from a study at the University of Ottawa. Even when a message was positive, the sender was typically perceived as a “downer” if it was accompanied by a negative emoji.
Again, unless you really want to be seen as the next Ice Queen or King, it would be best to err on the side of caution and leave the “cold shoulder” to people who can really take it and not judge you for it. Until the next article! Continue having awesome times with all your face emojis! See you!