Red hearts have signified romantic love for ages now. They’ve been the epitome of love that’ll bleed, love and love-making that’s passionate, sexual attraction and tension, true love and finding “the one”, and so many more juicy and unnaturally exaggerated notions of romance in love.
We even dedicate a single day, sometimes, a week’s worth of days just to shoot red hearts into every nook, come Valentine’s. Needless to say, the red heart is also used in individual celebrations like anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays (when lovers wish each other).
The two hearts emoji, 💕 emphasizes the social reality of romantic love. It illustrates the number of hearts, corresponding to the number of people it takes to make a societally recognized and acknowledged romantic relationship.
It takes two to tango, but society, what about my significant other?
Le society: Please. Do not add to our math issues.
Read on to know more about these two hearts, what they symbolize (apart from romance and mushiness, ofc), what it means when someone sends this emoji and how you could use 💕 meaningfully.
Meaning of 💕
Graphically speaking, one ❤️ heart represents one person, for obvious reasons. So, the two hearts in 💕 represent two people and since this emoji is all hearts, it suggests love between the two people.
The 💕 Two Hearts emoji is mainly understood as a romantic symbol before it is read as anything else. Which gives it that ‘romantic edge’ that we’re trying so hard to do away with.
However, 💕 also expands to other kinds of intimate and deep love that have nothing to do with romance at all. From filial to platonic, and asexual love, 💕 covers everything. As hearts should be.
This inclusivity is what makes 💕 a symbol of love and not just of romantic love (scroll down to know more).
Why the Hearts in 💕 Are Different Sizes?
A general observation of the 💕 emoji would show that it consists of a big heart and a slightly smaller one, on almost every platform (except on Windows. Here, both hearts are of equal size). Since it’s an emoji, it could have had two equally sized hearts, but it seems like the size difference was deliberate. So, what could be the possible reason?
Going by the common code for relationships; heterosexuality, and the physiological truth about the sizes of male and female hearts, 💕 could be a generalized symbol of romance between a man and a woman. The big heart, symbolizing the man and the smaller heart, the woman. Some men could have smaller hearts and some women bigger hearts, but the “heart size” is generally the other way around, because of well, biology.
This difference in heart sizes can also reflect on relationships between siblings, a parent and a child, a teacher and a student, grandparents, and grandchildren, a human and a dog (or any other animal), where one person/animal has a bigger heart and another has a smaller heart. Thus, making 💕 a love emoji and not specifically a romantic emoji
So, when the heart sizes are completely disregarded, 💕 can work as a sweet and inclusive emoji that speaks for love across every kind of relationship irrespective of the parties involved.
Is 💕 an Exclusive Emoji?
When we talk about romantic or sexual exclusivity, there’s often a monogamous image of pursuit and sustenance. We pursue that one single person and try our best to keep the relationship intact between the virtual walls built around the people involved (mostly two).
Though 💕 may largely be an exclusive symbol of romantic love, it could climb out of that monoamorous wall as well. But, in individualized contexts, of course. Though polygamy has been an ancient practice, polyamory is still up and coming and is not as supported and talked about as monogamy.
So, the generalization of “a couple in love” does give 💕 a strict but bendable regime of monogamy, true love, or any other fancy word/phrase for the same. The reference of this emoji can be bent by simply using it several times to correctly symbolize your kind of love. It could be polygamy, polyamory, an open relationship, or any other unconventional relationship/marriage that you may be a part of and/or encourage.
The supposedly exclusive 💕 two hearts emoji can be made into an inclusive emoji.
Is 💕 a Romantic Emoji?
We mentioned (quite a lot) that the red heart is the holy grail of romance both, virtually and really but 💕 is not necessarily a romantic emoji. The reason lies in the inconsistency of this emoji’s color on different platforms.
Unlike the ❤️ Red Heart emoji, the 💕 two hearts emoji is both red and pink on various platforms. Yes, both are colors of love, but red is more striking in this respect.
This duality in the emoji’s color suggests ambivalence in what the emoji means in itself. If 💕 were a red emoji on every single digital platform, then, it would solely be a romantic emoji. Since that’s not the case, 💕 is a ‘love emoji’ if not an exclusive and romantic one.
This means, 💕 can be used in any conversation that entails mutual love of any kind and to any extent and not necessarily love that sees you naked. So, overall, absolute romance is ruled out for 💕, making it a love emoji that can be used by anyone, for anyone.
When Should You Use the 💕 Two Hearts Emoji?
The two hearts emoji, at its core, is a symbol of love. The second and smaller heart in 💕 suggests mutual love, extra love, or even a “heart bubble” that’s bubbling from all the love in the big heart. In every sense, it speaks of and for love. So, when you’re showing love, appreciation, warmth, support, adoration, and encouragement, you could use 💕.
Since 💕 does not innately fall into the red box, we can breathe easy about that use-case. This emoji wouldn’t give an immediate impression of romantic love, seduction, or anything to that extent. It would rather be a friendly, warm, affectionate, and optimistic way of expressing affiliation, affection, acknowledgment, or even gratitude. Here are some examples:
- Thank you SO much for all the love and support 💕💕
- I really hope you get through this 💕
- I know you can do this! 💕
- Don’t worry, man. You’ll be fine 💕
- I miss you! 💕
The 💕 has a positive and cheerful vibe to it, making it a nice emoji to use in any suitable situation.
What Does it Mean When Someone Sends 💕?
There are two things about 💕 – it’s a symbol of love and it’s assumed to be a symbol of romantic love. Generally, the contexts that use 💕 would have the intent of conveying love, care, support, and positive connotations that are miles away from romance or anything even remotely intimate.
When someone sends 💕 with a heartwarming, thoughtful, relatable, positive, uplifting, and amicable message, you can tell the intention behind it. And, if 💕 accompanies a message with a romantic, seductive, mushy, cheesy, or luring inclination, you would be able to tell the difference.
So, there is a slight chance that a sender (mostly one who doesn’t read this blog post) may use this emoji with a romantic tone. So, in such cases, it could get quite awkward and uncomfortable.
Though 💕 is not entirely a romantic emoji, it could be mistaken for one because of its content. Plus, if 💕 is shown as a red emoji on the user’s platform, then it’s clear as to why it seems like a romantic emoji to them.
Nonetheless, It’s all cool when 💕 reaches you with a romantic message from a familiar person (familiar to any extent, even a Tinder match or a social media follower counts). It’s generally unpleasant otherwise.
There are a few emojis with two or more hearts in them and then there are quite a few emojis that are red and pink on different platforms. Here’s a list compiling both 💕
This is the only other two-heart emoji on the list. It signifies all kinds of love and is not restricted to only one type (“the” type). However, there’s a criterion to this emoji – equal love.
Since the hearts in 💞 are revolving around each other, it’s imperative for the people to feel equally for each other. Plus, there is a heart size difference in this emoji as well.
A heart that sparkles, as realistically impossible as it is, suggests a sense of newness. The sparkle indicates a shine that surfaces only after repeated cleansing. So, metaphorically, 💖 is a symbol of a renewed heart or a brand new one; the kind that knows no 💔 heartbreak.
Besides, this emoji is also shown as a red heart and a pink heart on different platforms. So, 💖 is not definitively a romantic symbol, and is quite accommodating of other types of love as well.
This is another heart emoji that’s red on some platforms and pink on some. It encompasses all kinds of love. But, most importantly, love that grows and/or is in the process of growing.
The concentric heart outlines around the primary heart at the center suggest that growth of the heart, which can translate to love, affection, kindness, or any positive and constructive emotion.
💓 is a heart symbol with vibrating Wi-Fi-like signals, which is in fact interpreted as the heart’s movement, aka beating. The phrase of a beating heart is generally associated only with the romantic kind of love.
Although 💓 is seen as a red emoji and a pink emoji on various platforms, it does give out a romantic vibe, not to mention a cheesy and cliched one, of course. Thus, making the beating heart emoji a romantic emoji.
Each time we wrap a present, we remember to ribbon it up as well. This adds extra appeal and fulfills the general image of the perfect gift. Similarly, a heart that’s wrapped with a ribbon is interpreted as the gift of love, from love, or for love. 💝 becomes a physical or philosophical pictograph of a gift that has lots of love in it.
If we were to highlight the most neutral heart emoji (yes, ironic), it would be the 💟 heart decoration emoji. There’s nothing particularly romantic about this emoji nor something that could be mistaken for the same.
The color spectrum of this emoji lies between purple, pink and red, which in turn adds to the neutrality of this emoji. 💟 is an “objective heart emoji”, representing any love or loving gesture that’s worth framing.
💘 is hands down the cheesiest emoji. Cupid’s arrow piercing in and out of a red heart (sometimes pink) is nothing less than a deeply passionate symbol for love.
This is another heart emoji that’s both red and pink on different platforms. But the fact is as bright as daylight. 💘 is a romantic emoji and more so, a passionate one.
This one’s the ‘feeling loved’ emoji. The hearts floating around the yellow face suggest a warm and fuzzy feeling of love that’s all around the person. 🥰 is a manner of saying that love is in the air or around the face.
The hearts used in this emoji are red on all platforms. So, if not a singular tangent of romantic love, this emoji could paint any kind of ‘deep love’ – love that’s not shallow and is embedded in unconditionality.
The 💕 two hearts emoji is an emoji of love. It works in all conversations of love and applies to every kind there is. Though the design of the emoji can be assumed to be a sign of heterosexual romance, 💕 can fit into any context of love irrespective of the existence or non-existence of intimacy. On the whole, 💕 is a friendly, warm, and happy emoji that can be used to convey any type of love in any positive and supportive context.