WHEN words seem to fail, photos and images help translate and relay the message better.

This is best depicted on social media, where a lot of people are now using images to express themselves when words become mundane.

Take the use of emojis as an example. One can say a lot by using an emoji that would express their feelings.

This became apparent in a recent study that showed that people who used emojis a lot on social media were obsessed with sex.

According to News18, a study was conducted by online dating website Match.com, where researchers found that something as innocuous as a food item emoji icon could be employed to denote body parts or sex, medicaldaily.com reported.

According to lead researcher Helen Fisher, emoji users wanted to give their texts more personality.

They didn’t just have more sex – they went on more dates and were two times more likely to get married, she claimed.

The survey, involving 5 000 people, found that 36%–40% of people who thought about sex several times a day used more than one emoji in every text.

People who never thought about sex said they used them less frequently.

The findings also revealed that most people who reported thinking about sex once a day said they used emojis, but not in every text.

The group that used emojis the least was those who said they thought about sex just once a month.

A previous study by Match.com revealed that more than half of the men and women surveyed used the wink emoji to flirt with their date.

The smiley emoji was the second most popular to help people in courtship.

The previous study also revealed that 54% of singles who used emojis had more sex than the 31% of those who just relied on their words.

Interestingly, another recent study found that eggplants were way more popular than bananas when it came to sexually charged emojis used on Twitter.

According to DrEd.com, they compiled the most sexually suggestive emojis on Twitter, and broke it down according to gender.

In the USA, the eggplant was used about twice as much as the banana. In Europe, the reverse was true. In both regions, women preferred the banana while men preferred the thicker eggplant.