Syracuse, NY –– A recent study published in the Journal of Academic Waste of Tax-Payer Funded Studies found that the number of hand clap emojis in a single social media post was correlative to how progressive the user was. In one instance, a Twitter user with the hashtags #Resist #Bluewave #MeToo #NeverAgain #TimesUp #SupportPP in their bio was found to have a H.C.E.P.T.A. (Hand-clap Emoji per Tweet Average) of 78.994. The researchers measure H.C.E.P.T.A. by taking the total number of hand-clap emojis used and dividing it by the number of tweets. The previously mentioned twitter user had tweeted over 600 times and had used the hand-clap emoji over 47,000 times. Vanessa Brockstein, professor of 21st century Women Studies at Syracuse University, led the research team who produced this study. When interviewed about the findings of this study she commented, “It [the hand-clap emoji] is a really profound symbol of resistance and defiance of patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and plastic straws.”The study also showed that the H.C.E.P.T.A. for the average social media user who supported Trump (which the study referred to as “MAGA trolls”), was 4.001. “It’s uncanny,” Brockstein stated, “The algorithm would spit out the user’s H.C.E.P.T.A., and then we could, without fail, be able to tell whether it was a MAGA troll or a feminist ally.” The researchers have requested additional tax-dollars to fund a similar study to research whether there is a similar predictive correlation between the praise-hands emoji and white, evangelical women on Instagram.
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