me: So apparently we’re supposed to stop thumbs-up emojying young people at work.
Victor: I don’t even know what that means but it sounds like something I already don’t do.
me: According to the internet Gen Z finds the thumbs up emoji passive-aggressive and hostile, but Gen X uses it all the time because they don’t understand.
Victor: I don’t understand.
me: Fucking same, dude. But we’re Gen X so I guess we’re not supposed to? But I don’t know if I’m still cool because I never use the thumbs-up emoji but I’m always using the thumbs-up reaction and I don’t know if that’s different.
Victor: Aren’t those the same thing?
me: The thumbs-up emoji is yellow and stand alone. The thumbs-up reaction is blue and is attached to the person’s text bubble.
Victor: I’m so confused.
me: BECAUSE WE’RE OLD. Apparently we’re also supposed to stop using thumbs-up, okay fingers, kissy face, red hearts…
Victor: Eggplant emoji?
me: Eggplant emoji did not make the list. But please don’t send it anyway.
Victor: Huh. Can I still do thumbs up in real life?
me: Just to be safe? I’d say only if you’re Fonzie.
Victor: What if I’m ironically pretending to be Fonzie?
me: Does Gen Z even know Fonzie?
Victor: Fuck. We’re old.
This is where I’d put a thumbs up emoji but I literally don’t know how to do that in wordpress and Hailey isn’t home to help me so I texted them for feedback: