LAUGHING OUT LOUD! Generations are at war over peach and wink emoji… and don’t even think about using eggplant

LAUGHING OUT LOUD! Generations are at war over peach and wink emoji… and don’t even think about using eggplant

  • There are currently 3,633 officially recognized emojis, and ten billion are sent every day.
  • The peach emoji is a fruit for baby boomers, but for generation Z it means buttocks.
  • The most popular emoji, the smiling face, means different things for every age.

This is the latest generation-separating issue: what is a wink when you add it to a message?

Older people tend to use the winking face emoji to indicate a playful mood, but for younger people, it has a more flirtatious, sexy connotation. And that’s why experts are calling for caution when using symbols at work.

Prone to even more embarrassing misunderstandings is the peach emoji, which most baby boomers – those over 55 – use to refer to nothing more than a fruit. But for many young workers, that means buttocks, so it’s definitely not safe to work with.

Differences in understanding were revealed in a report by messaging platform Slack, which surveyed 9,400 office workers worldwide, including 1,000 in the UK. Olivia Grace, its director, said: “The results of our study are very clear – be careful when communicating with emoji from generation to generation.”

Older people tend to use the winking face emoji to indicate a playful mood, but for younger people, it has a more flirtatious, sexy connotation.

“Young people tend to view a winking face as ‘flirtatious’ and even ‘hello’, while older colleagues usually see it as a harmless ‘I’m kidding’ message. Emoticons offer a great way to convey emotion, whether it’s a joke, encouragement, get well soon or whatever, but it’s good to know that there can be different meanings to avoid awkward interpretations.”

About a third of people under 40 think the peach emoji is inappropriate for the office, although 59% of baby boomers had no idea of ​​its hidden meaning.

To make matters worse, 47% of Gen Zers thought eggplant was nothing more than a vegetable… while for nearly half of Gen Zers under the age of 24, it’s the sexiest emoji.

Even the most popular emoji, the smiling face, is a source of misunderstanding: a third of Generation Z use it to express “deep annoyance” and 60% of people over 40 use it simply to show happiness.

The skull emoji also has different meanings for different age groups. More than half of users under 40 use it to mean something “terribly funny”, while for many older users it simply means “death”.

Emoji interpretation can baffle every generation

Emoji interpretation can baffle every generation

One of the most confusing emoji is nail polish. The younger generation uses the symbol to mean “gossip” and people in their 25s and 40s say it means “I take care of myself”. Most people over 40 have no idea what that means.

However, there is general agreement on some emoji, including tears of laughter to represent amusement and torrents of tears to represent frustration.

Introduced in the late 1990s to replace text emoji, there are currently 3,633 officially recognized emojis, with about ten billion sent every day. The new additions are due to be approved in September and could include a shaking face indicating shock, a jellyfish, maracas, and a Wi-Fi symbol.