Many emojis, in the opinion of Generation Z, should be avoided at the office. Thumbs-up and love emoticons are for older people, according to a new global poll of 2,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 29.

A Reddit member recently asked whether they should feel comfortable using the thumbs-up emoji as an adult or not. A discussion between Gen Z and Millennials was triggered by this.

The thumbs-up emoji, according to a 24-year-old, might be passive-aggressive. However, according to millennials, it means accepting a demand. Another user remarked that they always use it in business interactions and questioned why it should be unpleasant.


Another woman claimed that most of the group members chose to reply with a thumbs-up emoji in their official team WhatsApp discussion. To them, this seemed a little hostile.

The following emojis indicate that you are rude:

  • Thumbs up 👍
  • Red Heart ❤️
  • Blaring crying -face 😭
  • Checkmark ✔
  • Poop 💩
  • Ok 👌
  • Monkey covering the eyes 🙈
  • Clapping hands 👏 
  • Kiss symbol with lipstick 💋
  • Frown face  ☹️

Emojis, or “picture characters” in Japanese, first appeared in Japan in the late 1990s and then spread over the world in 2011. Emojis have become a significant part of our society in the twenty-first century and have permeated every aspect of existence.

According to the New York Post, more than 5 billion emojis are sent daily on Facebook’s Messenger app alone by the 3.2 billion Internet users in the world.