So you thought you’d cut your social media age a few years by using emojis to reply to your friend’s latest post. You don’t have to waste time typing “this is hilarious” when you could spend ages scrolling through emojis to find the right one, and then settle for the crying laughing face to underline absolutely everything.
Well, there’s bad news for you if you’re over 30 and think that your habit of sprinkling colorful emoji confetti on all your messages would somehow make you seem cooler, younger, and more contemporary. The rules have changed. Again.
Now a smiley isn’t just a smiley anymore. Instead, when used in a text message or email, it can come off as condescending or passive-aggressive toward teenagers and 20-year-olds.
Why? There are no answers. Just more questions like: Who invents this stuff? Why can’t I keep up? What should we use instead of the smiley?
Anyone with questions should contact Hafeezat Bishi, the 21-year-old who narrated it The Wall Street Journal of her surprise when she started an internship at a digital media company in Brooklyn and was greeted with the smiley face emoji by colleagues. She didn’t see it as friendly but dismissive, but argued, “I had to remember that they’re older because I use it sarcastically. There are so many emojis out there and Gen Z can never take things easy.”
If there is an emoji it means “Why does semiotics have to be so confusing when life is hard enough?” I would like to know where to find it. In the meantime, here is your brief guide on how to use emojis in 2021.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/how-use-emojis-2021-meaning-faces/ how to speak emoji in 2021