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Friday, October 14, 2022

👍: The internet is trying to cancel the 'thumbs up' emoji after labeling it as “hostile” and “passive-aggressive”

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that The internet is trying to cancel the 'thumbs up' emoji after labeling it as “hostile” and “passive-aggressive”. (Read More Here).

Gen Zers are calling out the popular thumbs-up emoji for being “rude” and “hostile,” even saying they feel attacked whenever they see it used in the workplace.

After a Reddit poster confessed to being “not adult enough to be comfortable with the thumbs-up emoji reaction,” others chimed in to agree and to call out other common emojis such as the red heart. 

“For younger people, the thumbs-up emoji is used to be really passive-aggressive,” a 24-year-old Redditor wrote. 

“It’s super rude if someone just sends you a thumbs up,” they added. “So I also had a weird time adjusting because my workplace is the same.”

Part of the issue is that young people tend to use the thumbs-up in jest.

“I only use it sarcastically, though sometimes I’m not even sure if the irony comes across,” Barry Kennedy, 24, told The Post. He said he only used it to communicate with boomers like his parents or older colleagues. 

One anonymous office worker chalked it up to a “generational communication culture difference.” “Everyone my age in the office doesn’t do it, but the gen X people always do it,” they wrote. “Took me a bit to adjust and get out of my head that it means they’re mad at me.”

Others complained that it comes across as dismissive. Instead, Gen Zers said they’d prefer a typed-out response.

“We’re people and we have words to use,” Kim Law, a 25-year-old social worker from Massapequa, told The Post. “If I took the time out to write a thoughtful message, then you shouldn’t be responding with the bare minimum. Fix it and write something real back.” 

Several Reddit users agreed with the decision to cancel the emoji, saying that using it in a work environment makes the team members “unaccommodating” and seem “unfriendly.”

Lifestyle and etiquette expert Elaine Swann — who has done corporate training on the matter — advises the avoidance of emojis all around in the professional world, if only to avoid misinterpretation.

Instead, Gen Zers said they’d prefer a typed-out response.

“We’re people and we have words to use,” Kim Law, a 25-year-old social worker from Massapequa, told The Post. “If I took the time out to write a thoughtful message, then you shouldn’t be responding with the bare minimum. Fix it and write something real back.” 

Several Reddit users agreed with the decision to cancel the emoji, saying that using it in a work environment makes the team members “unaccommodating” and seem “unfriendly.”

Lifestyle and etiquette expert Elaine Swann — who has done corporate training on the matter — advises the avoidance of emojis all around in the professional world, if only to avoid misinterpretation

The thumbs-up emoji gives off a passive-aggressive and even confrontational air, according to Gen Zers, who were born between 1997 and 2019. Several even claimed that they felt attacked whenever it’s used.

One 24-year-old attempted to sum up the argument by saying the thumbs-up emoji is “hostile” and is “definitely a not nice thing”. “For younger people (I’m 24 for reference) the thumbs-up emoji is used to be really passive-aggressive,” they wrote. “It’s super rude if someone just sends you a thumbs up. So I also had a weird time adjusting because my workplace is the same.”

The anonymous office worker chalked it up to a “generational communication culture difference.”

“Everyone my age in the office doesn’t do it, but the Gen X people always do it,” they wrote. “Took me a bit to adjust and get out of my head that it means they’re mad at me.”
The poster explained a thumbs-up “is usually a response if the other person is being rude or annoying or stupid.”

Several Reddit users agreed with the decision to cancel the emoji, saying that using it in a work environment makes the team members “unaccommodating” and seem “unfriendly.”

“I understand what you mean, my last workplace had a WhatsApp chat for our team to send info to each other on and most of the people on there just replied with a [thumbs-up emoji],” one commenter said.

“I don’t know why but it seemed a little bit hostile to me, like an acknowledgment but kind of saying ‘I don’t really care/am not interested’? Don’t know if that’s the way you feel but I got used to it in time and I’m just as bad for sending a thumbs up now.”

“It’s not that odd to see it as passive-aggressive,” another chimed in. “Just imagine how would it feel to go into your boss’ room, say something, and then see him turn to you, look you in the eye, and [give a thumbs-up].”

Other generations seemed confused by emoji etiquette. “So it’s like a sarcastic thing? Man I’m getting old lol,” one wrote. “What the kids do, is not what everyone else adopts. It’s not passive-aggressive at all that I’ve seen, it seems to be a younger generational thing,” added another.”

Business consultant Sue Ellson told the Daily Mail that it could take time for the older generation to fall in line.

She explained that words are always better than symbols in a professional environment, and the LinkedIn expert can see how people would become disillusioned with just an icon.

“Predictive systems can type a word like ‘Thanks’ in two clicks after a while,” said Ellson. “It feels like people are ‘too lazy’ to type a written response and it doesn’t provide clarity as to next steps.”

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