• Vyvyan Evans

The Trouble With Texting: Cancel Culture Comes To Work, Seeking Out Passive-Aggressive Emojis

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Professor Vyvyan Evans, author of The Emoji Code, says, “A common prejudice is that an emoji is the equivalent of an adolescent grunt, a step back to the dark ages of illiteracy, making us poorer communicators in the process — maybe even dumber, too.”


It’s not just your haircut or your clothes. Sending emojis, meaning “picture characters” in Japanese, can make you look old. Inside the workplace, emojis can make you appear out of touch, “rude” and even passive-aggressive, according to a new report from Prospectus Global. Since their origins in Japan in the late ‘90s, and their global breakthrough in 2011, there are 838 emojis in popular use today. In a survey of 2,000 16 to 29-year-olds, who send about 80 emojis per week, cancel culture is coming for emojis, and the people who send them. The thumbs up emoji - rated number one for being uncool - is at the top of the list. Here are the top 10 emojis that make you look old, according to Yahoo News:

  1. Thumbs up 👍

  2. Red heart ❤️ ️️

  3. Ok hand 👌

  4. Check mark ✔️

  5. Poo 💩

  6. Loudly Crying Face 😭

  7. Monkey eye cover 🙈

  8. Clapping hands 👏

  9. Kiss mark 💋

  10. Grimacing Face 😬



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