Are emojis the key to a better dating life?

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(CNN) -- Researchers think emojis might be the answer to a better dating life.

A study published in the journal PLOS ONE suggests people who flirt using emojis get more dates. Researchers with Indiana University's Kinsey Institute and Illinois' Lake Forest College were behind the report.

They asked more than 5,300 single Americans whether they used emojis. Thirty-eight percent said they never do, but 28 percent said they used them regularly.

The researchers found those who used emoji more frequently actually went on more dates over the past year. They also engaged in sexual activity more often, the scientists said.