Bad news for people who use the laughing crying emoji: It is no longer cool. In recent weeks, two internet-savvy generations have been clashing on TikTok over the hallmarks of millennial culture now deemed uncool by Gen Z.
The list includes skinny jeans (Gen Z verdict: set them on fire), side parts (Gen Z verdict: middle part or bust) and perhaps most painful of all, the popular laughing crying emoji some millennials use hundreds of times a day.
“What’s wrong with the laughing emoji[?],” one user asked in a TikTok comment. Another responded: “it’s so off.”
On a different video of a woman saying she’s cut back on using it after learning kids don’t, one teen commented: “As a 15-year-old I say you should use that emoji [because] we sure aren’t going to.”
Walid Mohammed, 21, said, “I use everything but the laughing emoji. I stopped using it a while back because I saw older people using it, like my mom, my older siblings and just older people in general.”