👉👈 Two Fingers Touching are two index finger emojis pointing towards one another which typically signify shyness or hesitation when asking a question. Although the set of emojis have been used since they were available for iPhone in 2011, the action of performing the finger touch or adding it to text in memes became popular in March 2020 on Twitter and TikTok. The emoji combination has often been used together with the Pleading Emoji.
The emoji combination started gaining popularity in February 2020 on Twitter. The viral point was achieved when on February 26th, 2020, artist Lil Nas X combined the two fingers touching emoji with the Pleading Face Emoji in a tweet that gained over 32,000 retweets and 330,000 likes in two years (shown below, left). The tweet assisted the popularization of both Two Fingers Touching combination and Pleading Face Emoji on Twitter in the following months.
On March 8th, 2020, TikToker @chrissycorsaro used the emojis in a video wondering if anyone would simp her (Shown below, left). The video gained over 200,000 likes in five days. The next day, TikToker @ag.mcdaniel performed the emoji sequence when asking someone out (shown below, right). The video accumulated over 317,900 likes in four days.
On March 11th, Twitter user @notkozyles used the emojis in a tweet which gained over 1,800 likes and 680 retweets in two days (shown below, left). That same day, Twitter user @melisssir used the emojis to describe someone who is shy (shown below, right). The tweet received over 170 likes in two days.
Guy Touching Fingers
Guy Touching Fingers refers to a photograph of Twitter user @globymyself standing in an awkward pose and touching the tips of his index fingers together. Starting in mid-February 2020, the photograph gained significant popularity as a reaction expressing shyness or awkwardness, gaining spread along with the Two Fingers Touching emoji combination.
Pleading Emoji (🥺), also known as Begging Emoji and Simp Emoji, refers to an emoji with furrowed eyebrows and "puppy dog" eyes looking slightly upward as if begging or pleading. Added to Unicode in June 2018, the emoji has since achieved significant popularity on social media, where it was laden with a variety of meanings ranging from expressing shyness and being sorry to conveying more nuanced meanings such as simping. The emoji has also been referred to as Bottom Emoji due to its perceived popularity with people who take on a passive role during intercourse. The emoji has often been used together with the Two Fingers Touching 👉👈 emoji combination.