If you’re not someone who is super well-versed in the thousands of available emojis and their meanings, join the club – plenty of people out there (especially plenty of people over the age of 30) are just out there using them willy-nilly as they see fit.

Which is honestly fine, because as long as you’re happy and the people on the other end of your text get your meaning, nothing else really matters.

If you are looking to improve your emoji-language, though, or want to make sure that you embarrass your kids as little as possible when you send them a text, here’s something you should know – every color of emoji heart has a different meaning, so choose with care.

First up, the classic red heart. It’s simple and traditional, so it most often means love – romantic or otherwise – and is your safest choice if you’re not sure which color to choose.

Orange is next, and generally only used by people who are too chicken to sent the red heart to someone they’re seeing. Seriously.

Yellow hearts, much like the yellow rose, tends to represent a friendship rather than real love. You can use this one with family or friends, but if you’re dating someone and receive a yellow heart from you, they might be disappointed.

The green heart isn’t officially associated with being “green,” but is used most often by people who spend a lot of time volunteering.

The blue heart is often used for acquaintance-type friendships that are fairly shallow. Don’t send one of these to your BFF or your mother unless you want a sad face in return!

People use the purple heart when referring to an actual military purple heart…or when referencing a booty call. So take heed and use with caution.

If you’re looking to express sympathy, like after someone tells you about the loss of a loved one, the white heart is the way to go.

Surprisingly, the black heart doesn’t have anything to do with being void of feelings – quite the opposite, really. It represents love that is even stronger than what a red heart represents. So, use this one with care as well.

If you’re not black or brown-skinned, don’t use the brown heart. Period.

Well, now you know, and I’m so glad I was able to spread a little bit of knowledge today.

Are you using the hearts correctly? Let us know in the comments if any of these meanings surprised you!