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Boomers blamed for missing emoji

So have you heard it? Supposedly, the laughing cry emoji has become unappealing and using it is a sure sign that you are old.

Stop the presses!

Generation Z, those born after 1997, have apparently stated that this is so on social media, especially on TikTok.

This despite the fact that the emoji has been extremely popular since 2017. As a CNN article noted: “‘Face with Tears of Joy’, the official name of the laughing and crying emoji, is the most used emoji in Emojitracker, a website that shows the use of emojis in real time on Twitter. ” In 2020, it was still the most popular emoji.

So what happened?

Are baby boomers to blame?

Of course, as with everything else, boomers are blamed for their demise. Jeremy Burge, the emoji director at Emojipedia, recently wrote a blog post that said, “It is common wisdom on TikTok that the laughing and crying emoji is for boomers. And by boomers I mean anyone over the age of 35” .

God forbid, teens and young adults don’t want to be seen using the same emojis as their grandparents! But we are not the only targets as Burge’s 35+ comment demonstrates.

Interestingly, millennials (those born between 1980-1996), many of whom are trying to stay cool as they approach their 30s and 40s, also seem to be the target this time around. Add to the overuse by millennials of this suddenly unappealing emoji, calling their dog “doggo” (didn’t even realize this was a thing), skinny jeans, and even the side parts are out and a sign that you are old and “out of touch”.

As one millennial writer put it in a Yahoo! Sports: “As a member for life, ay.”

According to that article, Gen Z also pokes fun at the way millennials use the word “adulthood,” their addiction to avocado toast and Starbucks coffee, and the way they refer to themselves as “90 kids.” “.

It’s Karma Folks

The funny thing about all this is that some millennials have been making fun of us for years.

Remember the popular phrase, “OK Boomer” that started circulating a couple of years ago? As I blogged on this topic, the term seemed to imply that boomers are old-fashioned, resistant to change, backward in technology, and out of touch.

So, I suppose, what is given, is given.

However, I hate to see someone use insulting and derogatory phrases based purely on the generation that people were born into, which is completely out of our control, by the way. One day, Generation Z will grow old and will undoubtedly try their own medicine. Everybody gets old with time, you know.

I myself am tired of the way all social platforms have made insulting each other too easy. I am tired of age discrimination. I wish mutual respect could replace this senseless mockery of others. Why can’t the “generation gap” become outdated and outdated?

All that said, don’t take it too seriously, millennials. One day you will reach our age and you will not care so much what other people think.

After a recent viral TikTok listed all the things millennials do that Gen Z doesn’t approve of, millennials responded by defending their fashion choices, hairstyles, and emoji use. They noted that Gen Z once encouraged each other to eat Tide Pods as a viral challenge and that younger people lack the ability to write in italics. Therefore, there! But does all this really matter?

Console yourself millennials, you will reach the age where you will not care what others think about your emoji habits and you will not feel the need to defend your choices.

In fact, I think this boom will use the laughing scream emoji even more just to be rebellious. And my side part also stays. And even though I’m not a millennial, I do enjoy some avocado toast every now and then.

That’s the best thing about getting old, as I wrote when I turned 60. I know what matters, and overuse of an emoji isn’t one of them! Laugh at us, but being a senior is liberating in that sense.

Don’t worry, millennials. You will get there.

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