Using the thumbs up emoji? You’re old!

The verdict is in. If you’re using the thumbs up emoji, you’re officially old! According to 2,000 young people aged 16-29, use of the thumbs up emoji is the #1 indicator that you’re old.

It also turns out that the younger generation find use of the thumbs up emoji passive aggressive, and even confrontational and they feel attacked whenever it is used.

“Whether the chat is informal, between friends or at work the icon appears to have a very different, ‘rude’ meaning for the younger generation.”

“A 24-year-old on Reddit summed up the Gen Z argument, saying it is best ‘never used in any situation’ as it is ‘hurtful’.’ No one my age in the office does it, but the Gen X people always do it. Took me a bit to adjust and get [it] out of my head that it means they’re mad at me,’ he added.”

What do you think?

Here’s the entire Top 10 if you’re at all concerned about “looking old”:

1 – Thumbs up – 24%

2 – Red love heart – 22%

3 – OK hand – 20%

4 – Tick – 17%

5 – Poo – 17%

6 – Loudly crying face – 16%

7 – Monkey eye cover – 15%

8 – Clapping hands – 10%

9 – Lipstick kiss mark – 10%

10 – Grimacing face – 9%